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Past Events

Diversity in Sports: Changing the Course of Civil Rights
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 5:30pm
University of Minnesota, Murphy Hall, Rm 130
Minneapolis, MN

John Rosengren will join Samuel Freedman, author of "Breaking the Line:  The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights," in a discussion moderated by Keith Moyer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication fellow.

Morningside After Dark
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 7:30pm
Edina Morningside Community Church
4201 Morningside Road
Edina, MN

John Rosengren will read a passage about reconciliation from The Fight of their Lives as part of the music & storytelling series.

Bookstore Event
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:00pm
Subtext: A bookstore
165 Western Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55102

John will join authors Peter Schilling Jr. (The End of Baseball) and Bill Meissner (Spirits in the Grass) to read and chat baseball.

Bookstore Event
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:00pm
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

John Rosengren will discuss The Fight of their Lives and read from his new book.

Baseball in the Combat Zone
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Pohlad Auditorium, Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Celebrate the new baseball season with three award-winning writers, who will discuss their latest books in an evening moderated by Twins television announcer Dick Bremer. Join the discussion with Tim Wendel, Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time, Robert Weintraub, The Victory Season:  The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age, and John Rosengren, The Fight of their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

John Roseboro and Juan Marichal: An Unlikely Story of Friendship
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 2:00pm
Arcadia Public Library
Los Angeles, CA

John will discuss The Fight of their Lives in an event hosted by the Baseball Reliquary.

One for the History Books: Pivotal LA Sports Stories
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:30pm
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

John will be on a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with Jeff Pearlman, whose new book "Showtime" looks at the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, and Andy McCue, author of Mover and Shaker:  Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers and Baseball's Westward Expansion.  David Davies will moderate the event.  He is the author of Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze and Marathon Crasher: The Life and Times of Merry Lepper, the First American Woman to Run a Marathon.

Get on the Roster: So You Want to Be a Sports Writer?
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:45am
Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th Street
New York, NY

At the annual writers conference hosted by the American Society of Journalists and Authors, ASJA member John Rosengren will discuss sportswriting on a panel with Ted Keith, SI.com editor; Emma Span, Sports on Earth editor; and Josh Barnett, USA Today Sports Weekly editor.

Experience Baseball with the Minnesota Twins
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 5:30pm
Target Field
353 North 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN

 Receive a catered meal in an executive press box, hear an evocative keynote presentation from author and historian John Rosengren, and enjoy a home Twins game against the Baltimore Orioles in VIP fashion with fellow fans and professionals. This event benefits the Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis. 

The Northside Achievement Zone’s Promise Neighborhood is a collaboration of organizations and schools that partner with families in a geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college.

The mission of Northside Achievement Zone is to end multigenerational poverty within North Minneapolis, using education as a lever. Families and children move through a “cradle-to-career” pipeline that provides comprehensive support from pre-natal through college to career.

Reception with the author
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
American Legion
Ashland, OH

John will give a presentation about Juan Marichal and John Roseboro at a special reception in Roseboro's hometown.

Book signing
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 11:00am
The Ashland Historical Society
Ashland, OH

John will sign copies of THE FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES for the fans of one of Ashland's favorite sons, John Roseboro.

Bookstore event
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Bookcase
824 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN

John will be passing out Cracker Jacks, posing a baseball trivia contest and talking about his latest book, THE FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES:  How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption.  

The Fight of their Lives reading and discussion
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:00pm
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
67 East 11th Street
New York, NY

John will return to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse to discuss the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, racism post-Jackie in the majors and the story of Juan Marichal and John Roseboro's reconciliation.

An Intimate Evening with the Author
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
the author's house
Minneapolis, MN

The author will host a discussion of The Fight of their Lives with four couples over dinner at his house as a fundraiser for the Keliix Soccer Club.

The SJU Lunch Bunch
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:30am
Park Tavern
3401 Louisiana Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN

John, a 1986 graduate of St. John's University, will join a group of fellow SJU alumni for lunch to tell stories about baseball and the writing life.

The Battle at Candlestick
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:30pm
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA

John will talk about the relationship between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro and how it evolved from their fateful fight on August 22, 1965 until Roseboro's death in 2002, when Marichal delivered a eulogy at his funeral.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto
Town & Country Village
El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA

John will discuss the events of August 22, 1965, at Candlestick Park, what led up to that fateful day and the amazing story of what happened afterward.

Third Wednesdays
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
Rural America Writers' Center
Plainveiw, MN

Reading from his latest book, The Fight of Their Lives, John will talk about his writing process, the process of writing a book, character develpment, scene setting, humor, building tension and inspiring emotions in the reader.

Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:00am
Pioneer Square
Main Street
Cooperstown, NY

John will be signing copies of The Fight of Their Lives in Autograph Row on Main Street, almost directly across from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:00am
Pioneer Square
Main Street
Cooperstown, NY

John will be signing copies of The Fight of Their Lives in Autograph Row on Main Street, almost directly across from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Eddie Lake Society Luncheon
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm
DeCarlo's Banquet Hall
6015 E. 10 Mile Road
Warren, MI

John will host a trivia contest, talk about The Fight of Their Lives and sign books.

Breaking Down the Fight
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm
Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035

John will discuss the events that led up to the infamous fight between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro and the surprising impact the incident had on both of their lives.

Meet & Greet at Twin Cities Book Festival
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
The Progress Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Think you know a lot about America’s favorite pasttime? Stop by and test your baseball IQ with baseball historian John Rosengren; answer one of his trivia questions correctly or see if you can stump him with one of your own! Win a prize of Crackerjacks if you best John at his own game. John is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research member and his latest book, The Fight of Their Lives, explores a moment during a baseball game that shocked the nation. Meet him at the Common Good Books booth!

The Gefiltefishers Book Club Discussion
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
chez Ira Rabinowitz
Minneapolis, MN

John will make a return appearance at the Gefiltefishers Book Club, whose members read Hank Greenberg:  The Hero of Heroes last year. This time, he will discuss The Fight of Their Lives with the club.

The Fight and Forgiveness
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:00am
Schwarz/Reisman Centre

John will tell the story of John Roseboro and Juan Marichal, how they turned the memory of baseball's ugliest brawl into an occasion of reconciliation.

The Fight of their Lives
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
New York Giants Nostalgia Society
231st Street
New York, NY

John will reminisce with the members of the NY Giants Nostalgia Society about the fight and reconciliation between Juan Marichal and John Roseboro.

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL

John will make a presentation at the annual SABR convention about the cultural context and extenuating circumstances that led to the famous fight when Marichal clubbed Roseboro in the head with his bat.