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July 30 – October 22, 2017

This exhibit weaves together America’s favorite pastime and national identity with the story of American Jewish immigration and integration. Through films, historic games footage and photos, and a database of American Jewish ballplayers among other interactives, Chasing Dreams explores how baseball, especially for immigrants and minority groups, has played a crucial role in understanding, and sometimes challenging, what it means to be American. Augmenting the exhibit are baseball artifacts and memorabilia from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. These collections are now housed at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the Cincinnati Skirball Museum. In addition, the exhibit includes photographs and text from the softball league archives of the Mayerson JCC.

Opening Day 

Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 1:30–3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of ballpark food and viewing of the exhibit with a family-friendly guide developed exclusively for the show. 2:00 pm

CHASING DREAMS IN CINCINNATI: THE REDS AND THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE Reds Team Historian Greg Rhodes traces the role of minority communities in the evolution of the Cincinnati Reds. Presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Reservations recommended. 513.487.3098

Starting Lineup: LUNCH AND LEARN

 Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 12–2 pm

Join Julia Gardiner of the Clifton Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a light lunch and discussion of Steve Kluger’s Last Days of Summer. Set in 1940s Brooklyn, the novel chronicles the relationship between a fictional New York Giants player and a Jewish 12-year-old boy. The author will join us telephonically for part of the discussion. Reservations required by August 22. Members: $5 Non-members: $10 513.487.3098

Seventh Inning Stretch: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME AND GET ME OUT OF THE SHTETL

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

From the baseball diamond to the diamond district, Jewish immigrants have enriched American popular culture. Join us for a sing-a-long presented by hometown favorite Rabbi Ken Kanter. Reservations recommended. 513.487.3098

Rounding Third and Heading for Home: CHASING 3000: A FILM SCREENING

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Written and produced by Cincinnatian Bill Mikita, this heartwarming film is inspired by a true story about two brothers with a big dream to see Roberto Clemente get his 3000th hit. Bill will offer remarks before and after the screening, revealing the very personal connections he has to this story of two brothers, one dream, and the chase of a lifetime. Reservations recommended. Members: free Non-members: $5 in advance or at the door 513.487.3098

Ninth Inning: CLOSING DAY

Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1–5 pm

Say goodbye to the baseball season by taking a last look at Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American before it hits the road!

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Lipman "Lip" Pike (May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893) the "Iron Batter", was one of the stars of 19th century baseball in the United States. He was the first player to be revealed as a professional (meaning he was paid money to play),  as well as the first Jewish player.

Click here to sign the petition to induct Lip Pike into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.