May 14, 2008

America’s pastime becomes a field of literary musings by some of the country’s most noted writers in Anatomy of Baseball, a collection of personal essays about the sport.

The legendary Yogi Berra, who provided the forward, Wall Street Journal reporter Stefan Fatsis and writer Susan Perabo, the first woman to play NCAA baseball, are among the 20 contributors. The book is part of the SMU Press’ “Sports in American Life” series edited by Paul Rogers, an SMU law professor and baseball historian.

Anatomy of Baseball can be ordered online or by calling toll-free 800-826-8911.

The boys of summer also are the focus of “The Old Ballgame: Baseball in American Life,” an exhibit on display through June 30 at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. Drawing on Rogers’ collection of memorabilia and supplemented by materials from DeGolyer’s collections, the exhibit illustrates the development of baseball in all its venues – from sandlots to the big leagues.

See a three-part video of a panel discussion moderated by Rogers with baseball legends Bobby Brown, Jerry Coleman and Eddie Robinson.