February 9th in the Library and History

Interested in learning what’s going on in Ames Library this week? How about what happened on this day in 1971? Read on!

Wednesday, 4pm, Beckman Auditorium – Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brandi Reissenweber will read from her current fiction manuscript, “Where We Found the Girls,” and discuss the relationship between research and imagination in the fiction writing process. Drawing from her writing experience, Reissenweber will discuss the interactions of characterization and scientific detail–in this case, the particulars of elephants–and the unique insights they reveal about the individual human experience. Research for this presentation was supported by a Mellon Humanities Fellowship provided by Illinois Wesleyan University’s “Re-centering the Humanities” initiative. This event is sponsored by the English Department and Tributaries.

Thursday, 7pm, Beckman Auditorium – “No Man’s Land” (2001, Bosnia and Herzegovina), presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery.

Friday, 4pm, Beckman Auditorium – Part of the Perspectives on Civil Rights and Race Lecture Series sponsored by the Political Science Department, this lecture will be presented by Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science, University of Notre Dame. These lectures are made possible through generous grants provided by the Betty Ritchie-Birrer ’47 and Ivan Birrer Endowment Fund, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 8am – Hispanic Studies 280
  • Monday, 11am – Hispanic Studies 230
  • Wednesday, 12pm – Writing Tutors Workshop
  • Thursday, 9:15am – Political Science 225
  • Thursday, 1:10pm – History 316
  • Friday, 1pm – Biology 209

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 6pm – Gateway 100 – Madness Film
  • Tuesday, all morning – Board of Trustees
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Wednesday, 4pm – Brandi Reissenweber Reading
  • Thursday, 10:50am – Sociology 305
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series
  • Friday, 3:50pm – Civil Rights and Race Lecture Series
  • Friday, 7pm – Philosophy Club

Meeting Room 214

  • Tuesday, 10am – OCLC presentation
  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9am – Star Literacy
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Friday, 10am – Proquest presentation
  • Friday, 2pm – SirsiDynix presentation


On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was inducted. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

LeroyPaigePaige was born in Mobile, Alabama, most likely on July 7, 1906, although the exact date remains a mystery. He earned his nickname, Satchel, as a boy when he earned money carrying passengers’ bags at train stations. Baseball was segregated when Paige started playing baseball professionally in the 1920s, so he spent most of his career pitching for Negro League teams around the United States. During the winter season, he pitched for teams in the Caribbean and Central and South America. As a barnstorming player who traveled thousands of miles each season and played for whichever team met his asking price, he pitched an estimated 2,500 games, had 300 shut-outs and 55 no-hitters. In one month in 1935, he reportedly pitched 29 consecutive games.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. The following year, Paige also entered the majors, signing with the Cleveland Indians and becoming, at age 42, baseball’s oldest rookie. He helped the Indians win the pennant that year and later played for the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City A’s.

Paige retired from the majors in 1953, but returned in 1965 to pitch three innings for the Kansas City A’s. He was 59 at the time, making him the oldest person ever to play in the Major Leagues. In addition to being famous for his talent and longevity, Paige was also well-known for his sense of humor and colorful observations on life, including: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” and “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

He died June 8, 1982, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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