Forgotten Geneva Sports Stories

May 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Event Location

Geneva Historical Society
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

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Date/Time Information

5/13/19 7PM-8PM

Event Description

In conjunction with the current exhibit Panthers & Saints: High School Sports in Geneva, Geneva Historical Society’s curator John Marks will share some of the more unusual sports pursuits of the past. People have forgotten many athletes and sports that were once wildly popular. He will talk about the immensely popular competitive walking races held around the country, including at the Dove Block. You will meet Frank Dwyer, who played baseball at Hobart in the 1880s and went on to pitch, manage, and ump professionally. He will also discuss how rowing regattas drew competitors, journalists and, gamblers to Geneva in the 1880s.
This lecture is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public.