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Sports & Recreation Baseball
|2. Title of Course|
BASEBALL: It’s Far More Than Just A Game
|3. Course Description|
|This course is for experienced baseball buffs who are interested in re-living some of the baseball history of their youth while examining major issues (past and present) that have affected the game. Planned topics include the players and teams of our youth, Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier, Curt Flood and how his legal battle against the Reserve Clause profoundly changed the economics of the game, Pete Rose and baseball’s battle against gambling, Barry Bonds/drugs & their impact on the record book, and the business of baseball as detailed in the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis. No lectures; instead I will facilitate animated discussions of the topics abetted by readings, videos, and hopefully guests from professional baseball.|
|4. Course Meeting Times:|
|Number of Weeks:|
|Total Number of Sessions: 10|
|Hours Per Session: 1.5 hours|
|5. Required Text|
|Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” Hardcover: ISBN 0-393-05765-8, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003, Paperback: ISBN 0-393-32481-8, W.W. Norton & Company, 2004|
|6. Study Group Leader and Brief Biography: (Optional)|
Bernstein is a graduate of M.I.T. and his primary career was in the management
of technology-based companies. He currently has his own practice in financial
planning and investment management. He is a life-long sports enthusiast whose
worst moment as a Brooklyn Dodger fan was in
1951 and his best in 1955. After moving to Boston and converting his allegiance to the
Red Sox, his worst moment was in 1986 and his best was in 2004 (finally!).
|7. SGL Contact Information: (Optional)|
|8. Course Given At: Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI), Spring & Fall 2007 Semesters|
BASEBALL: It’s Far More Than Just a Game Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ Brandeis Fall 2007 Semester Official Lineup/Syllabus (Pinch hitters allowed)
9/26/07 - Week 1 - Introduction · The 40s and 50s – the favorite players and teams of our youth; · The good old days when sports news was about how the game was played and not about salary negotiations · The original 16 teams and their parks · How the game has changed: expansion, playoffs, team relocations, free agency, ticket prices, the draft, gloves, bats, balls (?), the strike zone, conditioning, etc. 10/3/07 - Week 2 - Integration · “Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball” by Scott Simon · The Negro Leagues · “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston” by Howard Bryant - Our Red Sox – the last to integrate in 1959, 12 years after Robinson · According to legend, Happy Chandler said to Branch Rickey, "Someday I'm going to meet my maker. If he had to ask me why I wouldn't let a black man play, what could I tell him? Because of his color? That might not be a good enough answer." · Two NPR interviews
10/10/07 - Week 3 – Curt Flood · Curt Flood and the Reserve Clause: his impact on the economics of the game · “A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports” by Brad Snyder
10/17/07 - Week 4 – Gambling & Drugs · Pete Rose & gambling · Steroids & other performance enhancing drugs: Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, et. al. · Impact on the legitimacy of what goes in the record book · Impact on eligibility to Hall of Fame · How to prevent gambling & drugs: Players union unwillingness to accept valid testing and penalties
10/24/07 - Week 5 – The Shot heard Round the World -
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