Through retelling great moments such as the Mets World Series win in 1969 and Jackie Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color line, Hobart alum Jeffrey A. Kroessler ’74 invokes the sports fan in all readers with his book, “The Greater New York Sports Chronology,” published by Columbia University Press in November of 2009. The Chronology is a fully-illustrated and entertaining timeline of sports in New York, stretching from the pastoral recreations of the Dutch to the corporate overtaking of professional sports. Kroessler chronologically arranges all the grand and moving events that caused inevitable social change in the U.S.
In addition, Kroessler tells the story of great American players such as Lou Gehrig, Joe Namath, Marty Glickman, Gertrude Ederle, Joe Lapchick and Toots Shor. Year by year, “The Greater New York Sports Chronology” recounts sporting events that range from dog shows and golf tournaments to polo and tennis matches while describing the remarkable venues, arenas, stadiums and tracks that have come and gone over time. Kroessler covers the spectacle of New York sports, specifically, from the birth of baseball to the New York City Marathon to establish New York as the capital of American sports.
Kroessler is a librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is the founder of the Queensborough Preservation League, a coalition of organizations and individuals united to preserve the architecture, history and quality of life in Queens. While at Hobart, Kroessler was on the swim team and part of the Little Theater. He earned a B.A. in history and went on to earn his M.A. in history from New York University in 1978, then his PH.D in history from the City University of New York in 1991.