Institute for Baseball Studies Opens at Whittier

Whittier College ~ Home of the New Baseball Academic Studies Program ~

Whittier College
~ Home of the New Baseball Academic Studies Program ~

Thank you, Tom Keefe of Spokane, President of The Eddie Gaedel Society, for passing on to The Pecan Park Eagle this news about the Grand Opening tomorrow, January 16, 2015, of the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College in Whittier, CA.

A quick Google search also yielded this earlier, more informative article from October 2, 2014 about the purposes of this intended new academic program at Wittier:

“The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the prism of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities. The Reliquary’s research collection will form the centerpiece of the Institute for Baseball Studies, which has been established to foster an intellectual community for creating and supporting interdisciplinary research and studies related to the cultural significance of baseball in American history. ”

For a full view of this informative piece, check out this link:

Our first impression is only mildly parochial. It the Whittier program wants to encompass the big picture in their reliquary goals, they need to have a copy of our Larry Dierker SABR Chapter book, “Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961.” Our book was important to the Hall of Library in Cooperstown – and it should be equally important.

As an unexpressed irony here, it just so happens that the claimed first academic studies program on baseball as a major cultural factor is Whittier, the undergraduate college of former President Richard M. Nixon, the biggest, most informed student of baseball history to ever occupy the White House.

If any of you know or learn anything further about the Whittier program, please leave a comment, or, even better, freelance an appropriate subject article and send it to The Pecan Park Eagle and we will publish it with you as our next distinguished gratis-pay columnist of the day.




One Response to “Institute for Baseball Studies Opens at Whittier”

  1. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Perhaps you are already aware of this book, but an acquaintance of ours has written a book on the now defunct Continental League. It was published in 2014. The Author is: Russell Buhite. He is a Professor Emeritus of Missouri S & T, located in Rolla, Missouri. Book Title: The Continental League.

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