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Baseball Hall of Fame president to deliver Grosvenor Lecture

Date of release: 09/13/05

SAN MARCOS—Dale Petroskey, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, will deliver a free public lecture at Texas State University-San Marcos Sept. 24.

Petroskey will present “Baseball as America” for the 8th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater on the Texas State campus.

In this year’s lecture, co-sponsored by the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and the Texas State Athletic Department, Petroskey will walk the audience through 200 years of baseball and American history in a visual tour of how “The Game” has always reflected, and sometimes even shaped, our American culture. Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman of the board of trustees of National Geographic Society, will be on hand to introduce Petroskey.

Prior to joining the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 as its fifth president, Petroskey served at the National Geographic Society for 11 years, the last three as senior vice president for Mission Programs. From 1985-1987, he served in the White House as assistant press secretary to President Ronald Reagan. He now oversees the 66-year-old shrine dedicated to preserving baseball history and telling the story of its role in American culture.

This Grosvenor Lecture is free and open to the general public. All those who are interested in attending the event are encouraged to reserve seats in advance by contacting the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education (512-245-1823, Seating is limited for this event and seating priority will be given to those who secure tickets in advance.

For additional information, contact the Grosvenor Center at (512) 245-1823 or