Evening Celebrates ‘victorian Baseball in Boston’

Red Sox fans will have the opportunity to view the present and visit the past on Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Not longer after the first pitch is thrown in Detroit on Thursday, April 5, to begin the Red Sox season, the Gibson House Museum and The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will present “Victorian Baseball in Boston” at Fisher College’s Alumni Hall, located at 118 Beacon St.

The evening will feature discussions on the early baseball rules, the Boston-New York rivalry, the first Boston dynasties and the poetry of baseball. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour of beer and hot dogs at the Gibson House Museum, located across the street from Fisher College. The program gets underway at 6:45 p.m.

Heading the list of panelists will be Bill Nowlin, author of more than 30 Red Sox-related books; and Larry McCray, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, since 2005, the coordinator of “Project Protoball,” a record of print references to baseball prior to 1860, will also be on hand. Filling out the panel will be Joanne Hulbert, co-chair of SABR’s Music and Poetry Committee and a distant relative of William A. Hulbert, one of the founders of the National League.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thegibsonhouse.org/events.asp or call 617-267-6338.

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