Lecture: Louis Fenn Wadsworth, Baseball's Mystery Father
Date: April 24, 2016
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Litchfield History Museum
Age(s): All
Fee: Free
Registration: Yes, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Description: Louis F. Wadsworth grew up in Litchfield, and graduated from Hartford's Washington College (today's Trinity). He is the least known of baseball's true fathers (apart from the false claims made for several others including Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright). In fact, Wadsworth is the man responsible for our game being nine innings with nine men to the side. No one knows his life story as John Thorn does, after thirty years of research into baseball's earliest period. He published only the barest details in his Baseball Garden of the Eden (Simon & Schuster, 2011); in this lecture, Thorn unveils Wadsworth's full story.

John Thorn is the Official Historian of Major League Baseball. This event is generously sponsored by CT Humanities.