L415 Winter 2019 The Literature of Baseball
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 24–Jan. 31
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Baseball has a rich history of exciting games and larger-than-life heroes. But baseball also has served as the backdrop for many superb works of literature. In this class, we will look at some of the finest examples of baseball fiction, many of which, under one name or another, have been turned into award-winning movies. We will also briefly touch on some of the best nonfiction books on baseball. After this class, you will have a choice—head to the ballpark, or head to the library. In either event, you will be able to sit down with a hot dog and a beer and enjoy the best of baseball.
Jim Dunphy, who was born in Brooklyn shortly before the Dodgers left, had the misfortune of first being a Mets fan when he grew up and then moving to the DC area shortly after the Senators decamped for Texas. He has been a partial season ticket holder for the Nationals since 2012, and many years later is still waiting for the first postseason series win. He has taught, and plans to continue to teach, a series of classes about both the Nationals and baseball.