Course Details

920: The Baseball Debate: Willie, Mickey, or The Duke?

February 4-7, 2019
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

The baseball debate continues: Willie, Mickey, or The Duke? Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Duke Snider were the three great center fielders for the three iconic New York baseball franchises in the 1950s. The only common aspect: all three are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Who would you take for your team? Why? The course will examine the early life, baseball careers, and retirement years for each. Statistics tell one story. Memories and unique moments tell another. We will examine the advantages and disadvantages the three had and ask the beautiful "what if" questions, such as what if Mickey and Willie played home games in Ebbets Field, and Duke Snider played in Yankee Stadium?

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Stephen Klatsky
Stephen Klatsky is a retired attorney and a life-long baseball aficionado. He grew up in The Bronx near Yankee Stadium, was a vendor at Shea Stadium during high school and considers the Polo Grounds his favorite ever ball park. Last year he taught an 11-week OLLI course on the Glory Days of NYC Baseball, 1947-1957.