Professor Bruce Markusen, Manager of Digital and Outreach Learning

Professor Bruce Markusen
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that in many respects, baseball and America grew up together.

Bruce Markusen is the Manager of Digital and Outreach Learning in the education department at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, New York, where he teaches students through virtual field trip technology. He has also worked in the Hall of Fame’s research and programming departments, and he was formerly a teacher at The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. Mr. Markusen has extensive media experience as both a broadcaster and writer, and in addition to his educational role, he narrates many of the Hall of Fame’s video productions, including biographies of numerous Hall of Fame members.

Prior to working at the Hall of Fame, Mr. Markusen hosted a nightly sports talk show for more than eight years in Utica, New York. He took calls from listeners, interviewed athletes and coaches, and contributed to prerecorded programs. Additionally, Mr. Markusen has served as a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution’s online and traveling exhibits on Roberto Clemente.

As a historian of baseball, Mr. Markusen has written several books about the sport, including A Baseball Dynasty: Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s, which earned the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) as 1998’s best book of baseball history. He has also written biographies of Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Orlando Cepeda, as well as a compilation of short stories about the New York Mets.

Mr. Markusen has received the Cliff Kachline Award, given out by SABR’s Utica-Cooperstown Chapter to an individual whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the achievements and qualities of SABR founding member and long-time Cooperstown resident Cliff Kachline. He has also received the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award for his article, “The First All-Black Lineup,” about the historic lineup employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 1, 1971.

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  1. Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime Sale

    Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime

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    Every time you watch baseball, you’re participating in the latest chapter of a compelling story that goes back hundreds of years. In 24 lectures that paint a portrait of the sport’s remarkable past, taking you from the decades before the Civil War to the pivotal year of 1920, Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime strikes a perfect balance between sports lore and cultural history.
  2. (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & The American West Set on sale

    (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & The American West

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    Deepen your understanding of American history with this two-course set on subjects that perfectly capture the nation’s spirit. In Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime, produced in collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, change the way you think about the game with a look at the growth of early baseball. Then, in The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy, uncover new...
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    (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & American Military History

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    America’s favorite sport and its military prowess are the subject of two history courses we’ve paired together for the first time. Change the way you think about America’s pastime with a look at the growth of early baseball in Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime. Then, join General Wesley K. Clark for a look at the full scope of the nation’s armed conflicts, from the French and Indian War...
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    How did America’s historical reality come into existence? Discover the answer in this two-course set that pairs Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime with Turning Points in American History. In the first course, produced in collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, change the way you think about the game with a look at the growth of early baseball. In the second, relive the...
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    (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & A New History of the American South

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    Where do deep cultural ties to the game of baseball and the American south come from? Examine two unique corners of the American experience with this special two-course set. First, change the way you think about America’s pastime with a look at the growth of early baseball in Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime. Then, explore the full scope of a historical epoch that still profoundly influences...
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    (SET) Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime & America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

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    Enjoy two unique perspectives on America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with this course set. In Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime, produced in collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, change the way you think about the game with a look at the growth of early baseball. And in America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, learn how robber barons,...