Author to make pitch for former local baseball stars

By UW-Barron County

Fans of America’s national pastime, baseball, won’t want to miss local author Joe Niese’s presentation on April 6, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234) at UW-Barron County. His talk, “From a Western Wisconsin Farm to the Major Leagues: The Story of Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko,” is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series. Niese will share his knowledge and experiences as a biographer of local baseball legends. His talk is free and open to the public. 

Niese is director of the Chippewa Falls Public Library. He has written two books, the first one entitled Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer. Grimes was born in Emerald, Wis., but lived in Clear Lake., Wis., later in life. Niese’s second book is Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story. Pafko was born in Boyceville, Wis., and played baseball in the Eau Claire area and later in Green Bay before joining the Chicago Cubs.

Niese is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and his articles have appeared in The National Pastime and Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.

UW-Barron County is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. The Thursdays @ the U series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. For more information, call 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker