At the front of the classroom, Dr. Chris Kimball stood just off to the side of an overhead PowerPoint projection, one that showed an illustration of a baseball field that had an odd shape. It was somewhere in Brooklyn in 1862, right about the time of the Battle of Antietam was going on in the Civil War.
“I’m going to start with the story of William Cammeyer,” the professor said. “He set in motion a lot of changes to baseball. Do you know who he is?”
Ah, a good question.
Not to come out of left field, but here might be a better one: How is it that Kimball, the president and CEO of Cal Lutheran University, can devote time to teaching this class titled “U.S. History Through Baseball,” which has lured about two dozen students into Alumni Hall Room 128 for two-hour lecture sessions each Tuesday and Thursday starting at 7:45 a.m.?
For the love of the game might best sum up why Kimball is the ball here.