Join David Block, author of “Pastime Lost” and “Baseball Before We Knew It” and members of the Capital Region Jane Austen Society for the fascinating story of how an offhand reference to baseball in Jane Austen’s novel “Northanger Abbey” helped unravel the pastime’s longstanding Cooperstown-centered creation myth. Block will summarize his research into American baseball’s obscure ancestor, the game of English Baseball, and will reveal how Jane Austen’s curious connection to this game goes well beyond her mentioning it in print.

David Block is the author of “Pastime Lost: the Humble, Original, and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball (2019).” His previous work, “Baseball before We Knew It (2005),” has been recognized as a groundbreaking study of the game’s origins. In 2006, the book received the Seymour Medal, given annually by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) for the year’s best book of baseball history or biography. It also received the annual book award of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), and was honored as one of the year’s Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. In 2015, David Block was named a winner of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award created “to honor baseball’s great researchers.” He is retired from a career in the field of information technology, and lives in San Francisco with his family.

Location: Helderberg (Large) Meeting Room

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7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Guilderland Library
2228 Western Ave
Guilderland New York