Due to the pandemic, the Museums on the Green is currently closed to the public. However, we have created a dynamic new virtual series of talks with authors and historians (see what’s planned below), and new virtual exhibits featuring items from the archives. You can also read the latest issue of “Untold Tales of Falmouth” and catch up with previously published Tales here. Plus…there’s more to come!
The Museums on the Green is also seeking submissions for its “Covid-19 Archives”. Individuals, businesses and groups are invited to submit journals, essays, poems, photographs, songs, videos and other items that illustrate what life has been like in Falmouth during the 2020 pandemic. Later, we’ll share these stories and artifacts with you–and preserve them for generations to come in our new archives collection. MORE INFO
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VIRTUAL TALK: “How Baseball Happened” with Thomas Gilbert
June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10.00
HOW BASEBALL HAPPENED
The True Story Revealed
Baseball history is straight out of left field. You may have heard that Abner Doubleday or Alexander Cartwright invented the game. Neither did. You may think that a club called the Knickerbockers played the first game in 1846. They didn’t. And, for the record, baseball wasn’t born in Cooperstown, Hoboken or New York City, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings wasn’t the first professional club, and Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first to cross baseball’s color line. Baseball’s true founders don’t have plaques anywhere. They were uncredited amateurs with regular jobs and ordinary lives. They didn’t have uniforms, gloves or face masks, and professionalism wasn’t part of the plan. In fact, there weren’t even fans until we crashed the party. In late 1850s, crowds started to show up at games in Brooklyn, and when an 1858 Brooklyn versus New York City series accidentally proved that people would pay to see a game, the writing was really on the outfield wall. The first professional league formed in 1871. But, thanks to an amazing group of amateurs, baseball was already a fully formed modern sport with championships, media coverage, and famous stars before then.
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