Renown baseball historian Liepa at ‘Third Thursday’

The Historical Society of Marshall County’s “Third Thursday” program presents historian and baseball aficionado John Liepa, who will bring the national pastime to life inside the Marshalltown Public Library during “How Iowa Met Baseball: The Myths, The History, The Players,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.

Liepa will review the invention and origins of baseball, the first Iowans and central Iowans to play the game.

A resident of Indianola, Liepa is professor emeritus of history and political science at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny and an acknowledged expert on Iowa ag history. Liepa was honored as DMACCs Educator of the Year in 2004; and received an Excellence in Education award in 2001. He is an avid collector, archivist and author of articles on Iowas baseball history, a 28-year member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and owns an extensive collection of Iowans baseball cards and photographs from 1866 to the present.

He is currently serving his fifth term on the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Board of Trustees, having served both as chairman and vice-chairman.