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Historian to Give talk on Local Baseball History in Cortlandt Manor Saturday

Bob Mayer's presentation, "Spring Fever in the Hudson Valley," will take place this Saturday at The Little Red Schoolhouse in Cortlandt Manor,

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Noted baseball historian Bob Mayer will present a program—Spring Fever in the Hudson Valley— this Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York. Sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, the event is open free to the public.

Illustrating the origins of baseball and highlighting baseball activity in this area, Mr. Mayer will use a power point presentation of historical photos and baseball memorabilia. He will talk about some of the early players and teams in Peekskill, including amateur, semi-pro, and professionals.

A special feature will be on the Fleischmann family and their baseball interests. Fleischmann’s Standard Brands distillery factory complex at Charles Point was Peekskill’s largest employer for more than 60 years.

With a passion for baseball history and a player himself on tournament softball teams, Mr. Mayer has been connected to the sport for more than 50 years. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and their 19th Century Baseball, Negro Leagues, and Minor League Committees. His primary interest is early baseball in the Hudson Valley.

Mr. Mayer has presented programs at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and at numerous sports museums, libraries, and historical societies. Last month he presented “Baseball in Black & White” (Black Barnstorming in the Hudson Valley) in conjunction with the Hall of Fame’s traveling Pride & Passion Exhibit at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie, New York.

He has had articles published in: Baseball, A Journal of the Early Game; the Orange County Historical Society Journal; the Mahopac News; Glove Collector’s Newsletter; and several SABR publications. He has appeared as a guest on several cable TV and local radio stations, and was the producer of the Old Timers Baseball Celebration in Peekskill in July 2012.

An avid memorabilia collector, Mr. Mayer has a unique collection of early photographs, trophies, uniforms, gloves, and pre-1900 presentation bats. Items from his collection (depicting New York baseball from 1947-57) were included in the Glory Days of Baseball exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, and most recently on display at The Yorktown Museum from May through October 2012. He has owned and managed Spring Fever, a vintage baseball memorabilia company for 19 years.

He is a current Trustee and the Treasurer of The Peekskill Museum, and on the Board of the Middletown (NY) Historical Society.

He earned an MBA Degree in Business Management from Adelphi University in New York, and a BS Degree in Finance from the University of West Florida. He spent 36 years in Finance and Strategic Planning at Bankers Trust Company and JPMorgan Chase, before retiring in 2005.

In the 1970’s, Mr. Mayer conceived and ran The Westchester Superstars competitions for the benefit of the National Special Olympics. A native of Mount Vernon, New York, he and his wife, Adelyn, have been residents of Putnam Valley since 1988. They have two grown children.

The Little Red Schoolhouse (the venue for his March 16th program) is located at the northern end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. For more information, visit: www.vancort.net; or, call (914) 736-7868.

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