The Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul, has published Central Lakes College instructor Michael J. Cramer's overview of baseball in one Minnesota county, titled "Play Ball! The Beginning of Amateur Baseball in Dakota County, 1865-1890."
The 28-page paper appears in the December 2000 issue of "Over The Years," a periodical circulated to 5,000 members of one of the state's longest-running historical societies.
Cramer, 27, spent two years researching and writing the document, which is extracted from his master's thesis at Minnesota State University, Mankato. That thesis is on file at the society's research library.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University and is a native of Lakeville. He is a resident of Brainerd.
Central Lakes College history instructor Michael J. Cramer published an overview of baseball in a Minnesota county titled "Play Ball! The Beginning of Amateur Baseball in Dakota County, 1865-1890."
This is his first term of teaching at CLC.
Cramer will present further details of his project March 15 at the historical society's meeting in South St. Paul.
He said frontier recreation is an intriguing area for research, as is the heritage of America's national pastime. On the other hand, "I needed glasses by the time I finished this piece," he said.
Cramer teaches Western Civilization Post-1815 and The American Past Post-1865.
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