From Western Wisconsin Farm to the Big Leagues: The Story of Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko

Join us for this FREE baseball program about two western Wisconsin professional baseball players: Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko. Meet the author Joe Niese, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of "Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer" and "Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story." Joe Niese was named 2015 Media Person of the Year by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association and currently works as the library director of the Chippewa Falls Public Library in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
There will be a memoribila display and a raffle for a free copy of the Andy Pafko book. All are welcome!
Though they were born and raised on farms just miles apart in western Wisconsin, Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko couldn't have been any more different. Grimes was a combative, spitballing pitcher who was quick to quarrel or even throw a punch. He played for seven teams over his 19-year career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. The likable Pafko was a five-time All-Star, having played for the Cubs, Dodgers and Braves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm