Friends of the Plymouth Historical Museum will welcome Al Smitley and members of the Northville Eclipse Base Ball club on Sept. 12 to discuss baseball's early days and today's passion to recreate them.
Smitley retired from a long career as a librarian at the Northville District Library in 2011. Over the course of 24 years, Al developed and organized the library's Local History Collection.
In 2008 he received the "Batting for Literacy" Award from the American Library Association, honoring his use of baseball to promote literacy and library services. He is a founding member of the Northville Eclipse Base Ball Club, a vintage baseball team that plays by 19th-century rules.
The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at the Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main Street, Plymouth beginning at 7:30 p.m.