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What We Gave the Game

So what if a century has passed since Pomona College sent a player to the majors? Sagehens have left their tracks on the national pastime in all sorts of surprising ways, racking up win after win for the liberal arts.

 

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1) Computer baseball: The first interactive baseball computer game was born in Mudd-Blaisdell. Here’s how a would-be playwright and a ballet dancer became video game pioneers.

2) The Ultimate Baseball Roadtrip: Over 16 years, Mike Luery ’77 and his son visited ever Major League ballpark in North America, somehow surviving those tense teen years.

3) The Nation’s Smartest Stadium Restaurant: With his acclaimed restaurant in the shadow of Boston’s Fenway Park, Garrett Harker ’89 offers a brainy beacon amid a sea of beer-soaked sports bars.

4) Reassuring Research: The big leagues owe a debt of gratitute to Professor Gary Smith for such scholarly papers as “The Baseball Hall of Fame is Not the Kiss of Death.”

5) Big-League Books: Sagehen wordsmiths such as Professor Jonathan Lethem contribute more than their share to the ever-growing trove of baseball literature.

6) Baseball Worldwide: From Brussels to Tel Avis to Taipei, Sagehens play an outside role in helping to spread baseball fever beyond the bounds of North America.

7) Goofball Classic: A quarter century after its release, the movie Major League by David Ward ’67 has only grown in its appeal as baseball fans’ favorite funny flick.