"Four Sporting Boys: Baseball," Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) “Four Sporting Boys: Baseball,” 1951. Collection of Williams High School Alumni Association on permanent loan to Norman Rockwell Museum. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, May 21, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum will present Home Run! An All American Baseball Day on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Celebrate the start of summer with a tribute to our national pastime, which has also inspired America’s most popular illustrators.

Meet former Major League Baseball pitcher and current North Adams Steeple Cats General Manager, Johan Bayliss, as well as members of the Pittsfield Suns, lead by General Manager, Kevin McGuire. At 1:30 p.m., meet Tom Swyers, the author of “Saving Babe Ruth,” a controversial new thriller the world of youth sports. At 2 p.m., learn more about the game from Larry Moore, educational consultant at the National Baseball Hall of Fame; followed by a visit from Casey O’Donnell, wood baseball bat maker for Pittsfield’s ODO Bat Company at 2:30 p.m. Starting at 3 p.m., learn about the rich history of baseball in Massachusetts with Kevin Larkin, author of “Baseball in the Bay State.” At 3:30 p.m., meet Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, author of the new book, “Split Season,” which looks at the memorable year that was the 1981 baseball season. The afternoon concludes with a visit from “Casey at the Bat,” portrayed by Tim Wiles, author, baseball historian, and Executive Director of the Guilderland Public Library.

Bring your mitt to enjoy baseball on the Museum grounds, and create your own baseball card as a memory of the day. Baseball-related objects and photos will also be on display during this family festival. Admission to the event is free for Museum members, or with regular admission.