All-Star Week in D.C.: Baseball Past and Future

Featuring University of Chicago Press Author David Rapp, Fred Frommer, and Aviva Kempner.

July 16 @ 6:00 p.m, East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Join us on the eve of baseball’s first All Star Game in D.C. in half a century as University of Chicago Press author David Rapp ("Tinker to Evers to Chance") leads a stellar line-up of baseball experts and seers in a conversation about the intersecting destinies of baseball and American life. Bring your ideas, questions, and opinions! Speakers include:

  • Fred Frommer, author of You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions, has agreed to join us to provide his expertise on the Senators, the Homestead Grays and the Nats.
  • Aviva Kempner, a documentary filmmaker and director of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," and her new work-in-progress, "Moe Berg," will round out the panel with her insight into non-stereotypical images of Jews in history. 
  • David Rapp, author of "Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America," about the 1908-era Cubs dynasty and the double-play trio who anchored their infield at a moment in history when baseball became the "national pastime." 
  • And moderator Leslie Heaphy is an Associate Professor of History at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio, and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. She is the editor of Black Baseball and Chicago (McFarland, 2006), and co-editor of Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball (2006). She has been member of the Society for America Baseball Research (SABR) since 1989 and currently serves as its vice president. 

The event is sponsored by the University of Chicago's DC Alumni Club and by the D.C. and Baltimore chapters of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Admission is free and open to the public, and will include extra time for Q&A and group discussion. Books and DVDs will be available for sale and signings. 

Dinner afterwards 

If you are interested in dinner with Melissa and other UChicago alums on the 16th, contact Melissa, at by July 14 so she make arrangements.

Extended biographies:

  • Fred Frommer is the author several books, including "You Gotta Have Heart," recognized as “the definitive book on the history of baseball in Washington.” He is the head of Dewey Square Group’s Sports Business Practice in D.C., where he provides strategic communications services to sports clients. He has written for The Washington Post, New York Times, POLITICO Magazine and The Atlantic. Frommer previously worked for the Associated Press Washington bureau, where he covered the intersection of sports and politics.
  • Aviva Kempner, a Washington, DC based filmmaker, makes highly successful and critically acclaimed documentaries about under known Jewish heroes.  A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kempner is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the DC Mayor’s Art Award, WIFV Women of Vision Award and Media Arts Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. She is the founder of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. She is a voting rights advocate for the District of Columbia.
  • David Rapp has been a political journalist and publishing executive in Washington for more than 30 years. He is the former editor of "Congressional Quarterly" and "Roll Call," guiding both storied publications from print to digital publishing models. He got his start covering Indiana high school sports for his hometown Evansville Press. Rapp and his wife Lee Anne George are longtime residents of Capitol Hill.  
  • Event Information

    Cost: Free
    No Registration Required


    East City Bookshop

    645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

    Washington, DC 20003

    Event Contact
    Melissa Chow AB'98