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Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia
September 10, 2013

On September 10, 2013, Dr. Bob Barnett will present material from his recent book Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Barnett will present information about three events in West Virginia sports that were either historic firsts or among the first in the United States: the nationís first golf course at Oakhurst Links built in the 1880s in Greenbrier County; the first girls state high school basketball championship tournament played in Spencer in 1919; and the first state basketball tournament for black high schools held at West Virginia State College in 1925. In addition, he will discuss some highlights of sports in the state, including minor league baseball in Charleston, in particular the Charleston Charlies era, and the golden age of college basketball in West Virginia, when George King led the nation in scoring for Morris Harvey College, West Virginia State won two national black college championships and toured California, and Jerry West led East Bank High School and WVU to championship seasons.

Bob Barnett grew up in Newell, West Virginia, a tiny, unincorporated town at the tip of West Virginiaís northern panhandle. He graduated from Marshall University and completed a Ph.D. in sport history at Ohio State University. Barnett taught for 35 years at Marshall. The author of over 300 articles, book reviews, research abstracts, and encyclopedia entries, Barnettís work has appeared in academic journals like the Journal of Sport History and Quest, and popular publications as varied as the Washington Post, Sports Heritage, the Saturday Evening Post, Cincinnati Magazine, Goldenseal, and the Dallas Cowboy Weekly. In addition, Barnett is the author of two books: Growing Up in the Last Small Town: A West Virginia Memoir (2010) and Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia (2013). Bob Barnett and his wife, Liz, live in Huntington, West Virginia, and Sarasota, Florida.

On September 10, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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