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LECTURE: Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 7:00-8:30 PM
Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA

In conjunction with the exhibition “Gone But Not Forgotten: Celebrating Burbank, the Browns, and Barnstorming Baseball,” historian Chris Epting will present a lecture, incorporating videos and slides, entitled “Roadside Baseball.” In the tradition of baseball’s great barnstorming teams, Epting has spent many years traveling the highways and byways of America in search of the game’s past: researching and documenting the sites and remains of long-defunct ballparks; discovering plaques, monuments, and statues erected in the honor of ballplayers in their hometowns or in cities in which they played; and uncovering landmarks with unique baseball associations.

In much the same vein as geologists and archeologists, Epting has unearthed a mother lode of baseball legend and lore that echoes the cultural history of the United States. Through personal anecdotes and surprising revelations culled from his travels from Burbank to Brooklyn, Epting offers a magical time warp and a totally unique perspective on the National Pastime.

The lecture program will be presented in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California, on Wednesday, May 16 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Admission is free to the public.

For additional information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647, or by e-mail at This project is made possible in part by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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