Pella Chronicle

March 22, 2013

How Iowa met baseball


The Chronicle

Pella — John Liepa, historian, collector and speaker, will be at the Pella Public Library on Thursday, March 28 from 5-8 p.m.  He will exhibit his collection of baseball cards and memorabilia from 5-7 p.m. and at 7 p.m. will present “How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the Players.”

Liepa has collected baseball cards for over 50 years.  In addition to baseball cards, his collection includes pictures, photographs, autographs, books and memorabilia of most of Iowa’s players who made it to the major leagues.  His presentation addresses the myths regarding the invention of baseball, the origins and evolution of the early game, how the Civil War played a role in spreading the game, and the first mention of the game in Iowa.  He will discuss the first players from Iowa who played a role in the development of the game, as well as players from Pella and Marion County.

The program will be of interest to the general public, students, and people who are interested in baseball, card collecting, history, and the Civil War.

Liepa is a Professor Emeritus of History at DMACC and has taught history for over 40 years.  He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Directors, Co-director of the Iowa Studies Center at DMACC, and serves as program chair for the Des Moines Civil War Roundtable.

The program is free and open to the public.  If you have any questions, please call the Pella Public Library at 628-4268.