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Varsity Letters

April 21, 2011

May 5: Varsity Letters Baseball Night

Gelf's Varsity Letters sports reading series returns on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., at Manhattan's Bergino Baseball Clubhouse. At this free monthly event, hosted by Gelf, Harvey Frommer, Jonah Keri, and Lang Whitaker will read from and talk about their work. Frommer will hit the highlights of Fenway Park history, Keri will explain how the Tampa Bay Rays have contended despite a small budget and limited fan base, and Whitaker will trace the interwoven history of his own life and Braves manager Bobby Cox's.

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Graphic by Mister Lister.

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Event Details:

NOTE NEW VENUE (for this month only)

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse (Official site, map)
67 E. 11th St. (between Broadway and University Pl.)
New York, NY 10003
Blocks from L/N/Q/R/4/5/6 trains

Doors open at 7.
Event starts at 7:30.
There is no admission charge.

More on this month's authors:

Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox (Frommer appeared at Varsity Letters in September 2008)
Read Gelf's interview with Frommer

Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First (Keri appeared at Varsity Letters in April 2007)
Read Gelf's interview with Keri

Lang Whitaker, executive editor of SLAM Magazine and author of In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me
Read Gelf's interview with Whitaker

Upcoming Varsity Letters (at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge)

June 2

Alan Hirsch, visiting assistant professor of legal studies at Williams College and co-author of The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball

Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter

Rob Weintraub, author of The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923

July 7

Steve Friedman, author of Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf (and a previous Varsity Letters guest)

•Sports Illustrated's Kostya Kennedy, author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

•Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, erstwhile candidate for FIFA president (and a previous Varsity Letters guest)

August 4

•Sports Media Guide's Steve Marantz, author of The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide

•Other authors TBA

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