Tag Archives: baseball

Honors in the Outfield

18 Nov

Recently, Professor Webster and his class (“Baseball in American History, Culture, and Film”) took a “field trip” to Washington Nationals stadium.  Faculty and students often venture out to enjoy what the city has to offer, and Prof. Webster sent in a pretty cool photo of this most recent event.

The scene is the television broadcast booth at the stadium.  Standing behind the group and wearing the white shirts are Bob Carpenter [left] (the play-by-play announcer for the Nationals) and Rob Dibble (“color analyst” and one of the pitching heroes of the 1990 World Series Champion Cinncinati Reds team).  Sitting on the stools in front and holding the microphones are Caroline Smith [left] and Debra Manche [right].  Also from the class is Abigail Hildebrand [to the right of Ms. Manche] and Prof Webster [far right].  On the far left is a guest of one of the students (a recent graduate from Georgetown), and to his right is Mr. Gerald Phillips from Gelman Library’s media resources department.  (By the way, the Nationals, not surprisingly, lost the game that day to the Atlanta Braves.)

Prof. Webster swings away with class about baseball

16 Nov

There’s a great article on Prof. Webster’s course over at the Belvoir Eagle. FTA:

“Many other colleges around the country teach classes on baseball and when I was given the thumbs up to do this class here, I can’t tell you how excited I was,” Webster said

enthusiastically. “Indeed, it is a game. However, it’s proven to be much more than that. Baseball has marked the time. It’s shaped our nation’s history, not just mirrored it.” … “If you examine history you’ll see that baseball has been way ahead of the times. It was the first American institution to desegregate when Jackie Robinson was allowed to play professionally in 1947.  Everything else followed,” Webster said. “The armed forces desegregated a year later in 1948. Schools followed in 1954 and the civil rights amendment came a decade after that. Baseball has secured its place in history and I can’t even imagine a society without it. This class has been incredible. I think the students are having just as much fun as I am.”

Click here to read the full article.