April 21, Kendall Retirement Community in KennettSquare

We’re returning to the continuing care retirement community at Kendall. We were there last Spring and enjoyed ourselves so much and got such a nice reception that the kind folks who head their speaker’s program invited us back. This time, as the new baseball season is beginning, we’ll focus our remarks on America’s past time, its beginnings, the start of black baseball in the United States and the story of the first game pitting a black team vs. a white one, which happened in Philadelphia and was covered on Page 1 by the New York Times. We hope to sell and sign some books as well.

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