Wally at the Bat: A Liberal Arts Symposium on Baseball  

In the opening presentation of Friday's symposium, Professor of History Steve Morillo explained the ways baseball is a “strong lens for studying many different aspects of history, including the history of business, labor unions (“”The baseball player’s union is a model of success in dealing with managament”), gender roles, social mobility, and world history. “Baseball is both a lens through which to see history and a metaphor for history,” Morillo said. “It is a model for historical method, and it is a metaphor for eternal hope. Think about where we get the phrase, 'Wait 'til next year?"  

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