During the late 19th and early 20th centuries local businesses often sponsored amateur baseball teams and leagues in their communities. Several communities in the Finger Lakes had such teams, including Manchester and Geneva. Tim Munn and Randy Darrow will discuss these industrial teams in their presentation “Champeen Stretchers and Gandydancers: Exploring the Baseball-Railroad Connection” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, in the Hucker Gallery at the Geneva Historical Society.
Munn and Darrow developed the current Geneva Historical Society exhibit “From Rag Ball to Pro Ball: Baseball in Ontario County.” They will focus on the Manchester railroad teams and the industrial teams that played in Geneva, including the Standard Optical team. Darrow, who designed and created all the artwork in the exhibit, will discuss that process and his inspiration for some of the scenes and figures. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 789-5151.