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Talking Baseball and America with the Spirit of Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel winding up for a pitch
Studs Terkel

In conjunction with the Library of Congress’s new Baseball Americana, opening June 29th, this special event explores the intersection of the Library, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and baseball. The collaboration is an outgrowth of the Library’s work to digitize Studs’ radio programs spanning his 45-year broadcast career.

Filmmaker John Sayles, actor David Strathairn, and director Derek Goldman present an afternoon of baseball with Studs Terkel Radio Archive representatives Tony Macaluso and Allison Schein Holmes, joined by Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress. They’ll celebrate the words and voices of America’s pastime in all its complex glory, from halcyon memories of childhood heroes to the corruption of the Black Sox Scandal. Sayles and Strathairn will reflect on their experience working with Terkel on the film Eight Men Out (1988), in which Terkel acted, and will interweave that experience with voices from the recently-launched Terkel Radio Archive, and live performances of classic baseball writing. The Studs Terkel Radio Archive is currently undergoing digitization by the Library of Congress, and is managed by the WFMT Radio Network and the Chicago History Museum.

photograph of John Sayles
John Sayles
Photograph of David Straithern
David Straithern

Monday July 2, 2018 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Mumford Room, Madison Building
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.

Metro stop to the Library is Capitol South (orange/blue lines). Capitol South is located diagonally across the street from the James Madison Building.


Sponsored by the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Details: Recorded Sound Reference (202) 707-7833

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

Comments (3)

  1. This sounds like a wonderful event. Do you know if it will be recorded to be shown on the Library’s web site or YouTube channel?

    • Yes, the event will be recorded and offered as a webcast at a future date.

  2. Thank you for your interest. Yes, I’be been informed the event will be recorded and offered as a webcast later this year.

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