Archaeology talk to dig up dirt on ballpark fans

The Department of Classics is hosting a public lecture on the archaeology of baseball to mark International Archaeology Day.

Robert Schon from the University of Arizona will give a virtual presentation on “The Archaeology of Baseball: Excavations at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona” on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Warren Ballpark was originally built in 1909 and is currently the world’s oldest continuously used baseball stadium. While there is a record of baseball legends who played at the park, including Casey Stengel, Him Thorpe, Earl Wilson and Billy Martin, little is known about the fans.

Schon will speak about the first-ever archaeological excavation of a baseball field and how it, along with archival material, can help us understand fan experiences and the state of baseball in Arizona.

The talk is part of an ongoing series hosted by the Department of Classics and the Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The virtual event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

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