A Conversation with Baseball Legends

Bobby Brown, Jerry Coleman, and Eddie Robinson



Thursday, April 17, 2008

DeGolyer Library

Southern Methodist University

6404 Hilltop Lane

Dallas, Texas 75205

7:00 p.m. - Reception, Texana Room

7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, Stanley Marcus Reading Room


Moderated by Paul Rogers, SMU Professor of Law and baseball historian, our panelists are major leaguers with exceptional credentials, stories, and observations on our national pastime. Dr. Bobby Brown, former president of the American League, studied for his medical degree while he was a third baseman for the New York Yankees and hit .439 in four World Series. Jerry Coleman, also a Yankee during his nine-year playing career, was the MVP of the 1950 World Series. He continues as a longtime play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres. Eddie Robinson, from Paris, Texas, has the distinction of playing for seven of the eight American League clubs during his 13-year career. He played in four All-Star games and two World Series and his years in the front office included stints as GM of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers.


With a new exhibit: The Old Ballgame: Baseball in American Life. Drawing on the personal collection of Paul Rogers and supplemented by materials from the DeGolyer collections, we will display books, programs, periodicals, photographs, prints, and memorabilia that illustrate the development of baseball in all its forms, from sandlots to the big leagues, and that also comment on the game’s place in the American imagination.


And also on hand will be a new SMU Press publication, Anatomy of Baseball, with a foreword by Yogi Berra and with 20 essays by writers such as Roger Angell, Frank Deford, and Katherine Powers.  “One of the finest baseball anthologies of all time.” - Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man: the Life and Death of Lou Gehrig.  Copies will be available for purchase.


Sponsored by the SMU Press and the DeGolyer Library.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and to preregister, see


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