Northeast Popular Culture/ American Culture Conference

Brian Sheehy will be presenting at the Northeast Popular Culture Conference at UMASS Amherst this coming weekend.  More info on the conference

PANEL 31 – CC 804-08 – Sports: Race and Sports

CHAIR: Dennis Gildea, Springfield College

Depictions of Race in Early Sports Media,” Brian Sheehy, North Andover High School

Black Baseball in Louisville, Kentucky,” Joe Baumstarck, University of Louisville

Taking ‘the Crookeds with the Straights’: Baseball in the Play and Film Fences,” Philip Wedge, University of Kansas


Professional Development Course

If you are looking for PDP’s check out this course through Westfield State

Course Bringing Sports Into the Traditional History Classroom:  Resources, Ideas, and Methodology
Date Online October 1st-October 31st
PDPs 15
Cost $200
Instructor Brian Sheehy, High School History Department Chair, MA History, Masters of Athletic Administration

From the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Mayans to today, sports has and continues to play a vital role in cultures and civilizations all over the world.  Approaching history through the prism of sport can spark student interest and imagination and bring history alive.  So many topics and themes in sports history mirror events, situations, and trends in American society along with the global community.  Educators who teach World Civilizations, US History, or a variety of different electives can benefit from incorporating themes and topics relating to sports into their classroom.  Topics such as industrialization, urbanization, imperialism, nationalism, race, politics, and gender through sports can be used in traditional classrooms.  The primary goal of the professional development program will be to provide educators with ideas and resources, as well as the background so that they can include themes and topics of sport into their history classroom seamlessly. This course will provide with strategies, resources, and activities that will enrich any class that they teach. As Nelson Mandela eloquently said “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

Registration form-Email Dr. Marsha Olsen at

Cooperstown Lesson

The African American Experience Post Civil War: Baseball as a Microcosm : In this lesson students will look at the experience of African Americans in the middle to late part of the 19th century and see how baseball served as a microcosm of the African American experience in America.  Students will do this through primary sources and will gain a valuable background to African American thinkers at the time such at Booker T Washington and W.E.B Dubois.  

Full Lesson Cooperstown

Labor Strikes Lesson

This lesson is designed to show the relationship between labor and ownership in the late 19th century.  This lesson is designed for high school level students and can be included into any US History class.  Students will be asked to used historical thinking skills to complete an essay.  Below is a powerpoint, a pdf of the powerpoint, and a document based question essay. For more information contact Brian Sheehy at

PowerPoint- Baseball in the Classroom (2)

PDF PowerPoint Baseball Labor Strikes

Document Based Essay-  playersrevoltsourcedbq