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Facts About Black Baseball Will Be the Topic
of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: Jan. 18, 2007

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — Information about how all-time major league home-run champ Hank Aaron got his start in Eau Claire and interesting facts about other African-American baseball greats will be the topic of a Jan. 31 luncheon presentation hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Mark Clark, UW-Eau Claire professor of education, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant titled "Black Baseball and Beyond: Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and Other Greats." The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

Clark will talk about local baseball, the Negro Leagues and other facts about African-American participation in baseball history. He will relate stories about black major leaguers as far back as the 1880s and dispel the misconception that Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the major leagues among other topics.

A professor of education at UW-Eau Claire since 2001, Clark has written and presented for 15 years in the field of black baseball and the Negro Leagues. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate from Stanford University. He is currently working on a book related to black baseball before the Negro Leagues.

The next "Let's Do Lunch" speaker will be Dr. Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire on Feb. 28. His talk is titled "Liberal Education for the 21st Century: Are Universities Delivering?"

The speaker series is open to the public. The price is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For reservations and details on upcoming topics and speakers go to the Alumni Association Events Calendar or call 715-836-3266.

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