If you have ever been a fan of baseball and the drama associated with the Major League Baseball playoffs in October, this unique seminar is for you! Each morning of this interactive seminar will feature substantive discussions about the 2019 pennant races and baseball’s post-season framed with viewings of great baseball films . . . and excerpts from Ken Burn’s award-winning series: “Baseball”. In the process light will be shed on the social, economic, and historical contexts in which professional baseball has been played since 1869. In addition, the multi-dimensional seminar will draw on historic baseball broadcasts, insightful articles by great baseball writers, insights into the game’s unique personalities, discussions about how cyber metrics have changed the game, and looks into its allure for seminar members. For those interested, afternoons will offer opportunities to watch televised games of the 2019 playoffs, to read in Björklunden’s tranquil Great Room, or to watch/discuss famous baseball films in their entirety with others. In addition, DVDs will be available evening for private viewing of famous baseball films. Among the splendid films available during the week include: “Field of Dreams”, “42: The Jackie Robinson Story”, “A League of Their Own”, “Bull Durham”, “The Natural”, “Money Ball”, “Eight Men Out”, “The Rookie” and “Sandlot”. In short, the seminar offers a wonderful opportunity for baseball enthusiasts—men and women alike—to explore the allure baseball in beautiful Door County. Given the great energy knowledgeable fans brought to well-received baseball seminars in 2014 and 2016, this week will certainly not be one to miss!
A six-time Björklunden seminar leader, Steven Landfried, Ph.D. ’66 has been an avid fan of baseball since the early 1950s. The dynamics and drama of October baseball has long fascinated him in diverse roles as a ballplayer, sports writer, photographer, and former social studies teacher who has participated in two Milwaukee Brewers fantasy camps and two Men’s Senior Baseball World Series in the Phoenix area. Those interests have led to his attendance at many MLB post-season games in Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and Milwaukee. In addition, Steve has been a member of the World Series Club of Milwaukee, the Old Time Baseball Players Association of Wisconsin, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.