National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: July 8, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

Tim Wendel to discuss Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball – and America – Forever at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum have partnered to present a program series this year on baseball and its impact on American culture. On Saturday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will host Tim Wendel, author of Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball - and America - Forever, who will discuss and sign his book. Copies of his book will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

In Summer of ’68, Tim Wendel takes us on a wild ride through a season that saw such baseball legends Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, Don Drysdale, and Luis Tiant set new standards for excellence on the mound, each chasing perfection against the backdrop of one of the most divisive and turbulent years in American history. For some players, baseball would become an insular retreat from the turmoil encircling them that season, but for a select few, including Gibson and the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, the conflicts of ’68 would spur their performances to incredible heights and set the stage for their own run at history.

The National Archives at Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum have partnered to present the Swing into History program series this year. The focus is on baseball and its impact on American culture. The series will continue during the 2013 baseball season.

To make a reservation for this event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. *Museum admission rates will apply. For Negro Leagues Baseball Museum hours, directions, and admission fees visit www.nlbm.com/s/hours.htm.

About the author:

Tim Wendel is the author of ten books and has published several novels, including Castro’s Curveball and Red Rain. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, GQ, and Esquire. Wendel is a writer in residence at Johns Hopkins Unveristy where he received the 2009 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Professional Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010. His book, Summer of ’68: The Season that Changed Baseball, and America, Forever, was a Top 10 choice by Publisher's Weekly and a Notable Book for 2013 by the State of Michigan.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

# # #

LPM/LE-KC 13-019

Top of Page

National Archives at Kansas City >

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272

.