Noontime Lecture: From Ballpark to the Battlefield

Photo of speaker Todd AntonJohn M. Pfau Library presents another Noontime Lecture, “From Ballpark to the Battlefield.”

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lecture: Noon-1 p.m.

Presenter: Todd Anton

Location: CSUSB Pfau Library, PL-4005 (4th Floor)

Complimentary parking available, see kiosk.

Son of a World War II/Korean War Army veteran, Todd has been inspired on a personal level to honor the “Greatest Generation.” Raised on a steady diet of Dodger baseball and stories of World War II, Todd committed himself to preserving the stories of the men who both served America in the time of its greatest need and also played Major League Baseball. His book inspired FOX News Channel’s War Stories with Oliver North to produce a show called “From the Ballpark to the Battlefield: Baseball and World War II.” Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling and noted baseball historian Bill Nowlin were the advisers. A further collaboration led to the very successful “When Baseball Went to War” exhibit at the National World War II Museum, featuring artifacts from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., as well as the National World War II Museum’s own collection, which ran from November 2007 through April 2008.

Todd Anton has been a U.S. history instructor for more than 20 years, and his ability to work closely with his students and World War II veterans has earned him national recognition. The annual veterans’ dinner hosted by Anton and his students or the last 17 years has honored nearly 19,000 veterans and raised more than $30,000. Todd is a graduate of Crafton Hills College and California State University San Bernardino, with degrees in German and history. No Greater Love: Life Stories from the Men Who Saved Baseball (Rounder Books) is Todd’s first book.

The book will be available for purchase for $20 during the lecture.

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