Programs & Events
Announcing our starting lineup!
From Opening Day to the World Series, join us during the run of Chasing Dreams for an exciting calendar of programs and events for the whole family. For a full schedule of Museum programs and events throughout the year, visit our calendar.
Going, going, gone! Click here for a list of past Chasing Dreams events …and even take a listen or look at what you missed!Select Event Type:
Sundays at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm
April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12
FREE with Museum admission; advance registration strongly recommended, most appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Join us and share your favorite family baseball memories. Explore Chasing Dreams through storytelling, games, and
Wednesday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (extended hours!)
“If you have the opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you’re wasting your time on this earth.” – Roberto Clemente
Bring your friends and family to the Museum for FREE on Roberto Clemente Day to celebrate “El Mejor Jugador*.”
When Roberto Clemente addressed a national TV audience in Spanish following the Pirates’ 1971 World Series victory, it was the first time many Latinos in the United States heard a sports star speak to them in their own language. Clemente was a dedicated humanitarian and the first Latino Hall of Famer.
Learn his story and that of other barrier breakers in Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, the first large-scale exhibition to focus on the role baseball has played in the lives of immigrant and minority communities as they sought to understand and express – or challenge – American culture, behavior, and ideals.
A Spanish speaking tour of Chasing Dreams will be available at 3:00 pm.
*The best player in Spanish, as in MVP
Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 pm
Individual Tickets: $12/$10 Members
Series: $45/$36 Members
What happens when baseball leaves the field and swirls around in the imaginations of great writers?
Participants include: Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is also the founder and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Humanities; author Eric Rolfe Greenberg who wrote The Celebrant, one of Sports Illustrated‘s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time; and journalist and bestselling author Jane Leavy (Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy and The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood).
Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a widely published reviewer and critic, perhaps best known for his book on the 1960s, Gates of Eden (1977, 1997) and Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression (2009), both of which were nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. Dancing in the Dark also received the 2010 Ambassador Book Award in American Studies from the English-Speaking Union. His other recent books include Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970 (2002) and A Mirror in the Roadway: Literature and the Real World (2005). He has served as vice-chair of the New York Council for the Humanities, on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and as president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.
Eric Rolfe Greenberg is the author of The Celebrant (1983), which Sports Illustrated listed among the top 50 sports books of all time, third among baseball fiction. The novel is currently available from Bison Books. Born and raised in New York, Mr. Greenberg attended the University of Wisconsin and, after naval service, New York University’s School of the Arts. He worked as a publicist for major film studios and as marketing director for magazine and book publishers. He joined the American Management in 1981 and continued in a variety of positions at AMA, including research editor, before becoming Director of Management Studies in 1988, delivering survey findings in print and through media appearances and interviews as well as presentations to national conferences and conventions and, on six occasions, to committees of the U.S. Congress. He left AMA in late 2001. Mr. Greenberg lives on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Jane Leavy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Last Boy, Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, and Sandy Koufax, A Lefty’s Legacy. Entertainment Weekly called her comic novel Squeeze Play “the best novel ever written about baseball.” A staff writer at The Washington Post from 1979 to 1988, she covered baseball, tennis, and the Olympics. She has written for many publications, including The New York Times, ESPN’s Grantland and Sports Illustrated. Her work has been anthologized extensively, most recently in Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame and Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team. A graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she wrote her master’s essay (later published in The Village Voice) on her childhood hero, Red Smith, the late sports columnist for The New York Times.
Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 6:00 pm
Series of four weekly lectures
$90/$75 for Members
Tickets coming soon.
Drawing on primary and secondary sources featured in the exhibition, this series of lectures will examine the ways in which American baseball has served as a reflection of and catalyst for the development of American culture since the 19th century.
Instructor: Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, Professor of Religion at Temple University and author of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball and advisor to Chasing Dreams.
Special guest instructor: Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University.
October 19 and 22
Individual Film Tickets: $10/$8 Members
DOCtober Series: $18/$14 Members
Join us throughout baseball season for a cinema series filled with baseball classics, documentaries, and family films that examine, commemorate, and celebrate America’s love of the game.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (USA, 1999, 95 minutes)
Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm
This critically-acclaimed documentary explores the story of the Detroit Tigers slugger who fought antisemitism and came close to breaking Babe Ruth’s homerun record. He was baseball’s first Jewish star. Tall, handsome, and uncommonly good-natured, Greenberg was a secular Jew from the Bronx who became “the baseball Moses,” an icon for everyone from Walter Matthau to Alan Dershowitz.
Featuring Director Aviva Kempner in conversation with Professor of Religion and advisor to Chasing Dreams, Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert, Temple University (Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball).
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (USA, 2010, 91 minutes)
Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm
This first major documentary to chronicle Jewish involvement in baseball spans from the 1860s to the present, sweeping audiences across time and touching on various social and political issues along the way. Players, writers, and—most importantly—fans explore their connections to baseball and what the sport has meant to them. Look forward to clips of Larry King, Ron Howard, and even Sandy Koufax in a rare interview! Narrated by Dustin Hoffman.
Featuring Director Peter Miller in conversation with the Museum’s Associate Curator and Chasing Dreams Co-curator, Ivy Weingram.