Lowenfish has authored four books about baseball, including Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman, which won a 2007 Choice Award from the American Library Association, the 2008 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research and was released earlier this year in paperback by the University of Nebraska Press. His previous books include two editions of a labor history of baseball, The Imperfect Diamond and The Art of Pitching with Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.
A native of New York City, Lowenfish has a bachelor's degree from Columbia College and master's and doctoral degrees in American History from the University of Wisconsin. He has taught at several colleges and universities, and he is currently a lecturer in sport history in the graduate sport management program at Columbia. He has also hosted and produced a sports radio show on WBAI, Pacifica Radio's non-commercial station in New York City, and he previously edited and published Lee Low's Monthly New York Jazz Newsletter in conjunction with his work as a jazz educator at the 92nd Street YMHA in New York.
The lecture was established in honor of Wittenberg Professor Emeritus of History Robert G. Hartje, who joined the university's faculty in 1956 and received the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1967. Widely published and the author of two books, Hartje retired in 1981 and now lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The Martha and Bob Hartje Award in History is presented annually to a senior history major who has shown appreciation of the narrative and biographical approach to the study of history, the recognition of the importance of history and an understanding of the methods used by historians. The 2008-09 recipient will be introduced at the March 19 lecture.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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