“What’s your major?”
Whittier College will be the home of the Institute for Baseball Studies, the first humanities-based research center of its kind associated with a college or university in the United States. The Institute is a partnership between Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary and the College.
The coolest part is that the department is being headed up by two directors, Terry Cannon from the Baseball Reliquary and Joseph Price, a Whittier religious studies professor. Because of course it’s religious studies. I can only assume Adjunct Professor Annie Savoy was unavailable.
I like that this is a humanities program as opposed to, say, a straight stats/analysis thing like many schools have dabbled with. And that it’s not in the athletic department or something. The humanities side of baseball takes a lot of shots because it’s the part of things that lends itself to nostalgia and sepia-toned baloney, but it’s also where all of the deep and rich connections to real life and the culture that make baseball somehow different than other sports reside. Partly because of its age, partially because of its pace, baseball just blends with life and society better and a program to explore all of that sounds like a load of fun.