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Baseball historian speaks at Library
ARLINGTON Dave Larson has nothing but love for the game, especially its local history, and he wants to share it.
Larson is the author of Wide Awakes, Invincibles and Smokestackers, and he will be speaking about the early history of baseball in Northwest Washington at the Arlington Library, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
The title of Larsons book comes from the names of three regional baseball teams from 1869 through 1905, and his fascination with that period of baseballs history evolved from his lifelong appreciation of the game.
Baseball was my first love, before I discovered girls, laughed Larson, who worked as a certified public accountant before he retired. I played as a young man, but as a CPA, I have an instinct for seeking out obscure facts, so I wound up digging into musty library archives to find out more about baseballs local history.
Larson credited the Everett Public Library, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers Museum with helping him amass his collection of facts about local baseballs early history, which he wound up turning into a prerecorded series that KSER 90.7 FM aired during Everett AquaSox games.
I wound up compiling those radio spots into this book, Larson said. I decided to have the book in landscape format, to match the newspaper articles that I included. Those early sportswriters were wonderfully entertaining.
While Larson belongs to the Society of American Baseball Researchers, he was quick to point out one different between himself and a number of his peers.
Baseball is called a game of statistics and, sure enough, there are plenty of guys who are statistics nuts, Larson said. What Im interested in, though, are the stories. You wont find any box scores in my book.
Admission to Larsons program, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., will be free to the public and include time for discussing baseball stories.
The Arlington Library is located at 135 N. Washington Ave. Call them at 360-435-3033 for more information.