Third Thursday at the Museum
Attend a free lecture on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
Good Sports: The History and Future of Local Sports
Join the museum for a free cup of coffee and learn about sports and leisure in Tempe.
From those childhood days of Little League to high school basketball; from Sun Devil football to Spring Training baseball; from personal best times at marathons to rowing on Town Lake, sports are important to Tempeans. Whether enjoyed as a spectator or participant, sports are vital to Tempe culturally and economically.
Join the staff of the Tempe History Museum on the Third Thursday of each month for a look at the impact sports have had on Tempe throughout the past and how they will shape the future. All programs begin at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., adjacent to the Tempe Public Library. Admission to the lecture and the museum are free. No registration is required. www.tempe.gov/museumevents
Sept 19: ASU Women’s Sports
Hear from new ASU softball coach, Craig Nicholson. ASU was the 2011 National Champion Softball team. Associate Head Basketball Coach Amanda Levens will speak about her transition from top ASU player to coach for the team and the team’s recent victories. Sparky will join us!
Oct 17: ASU Sports History
From ASU’s beginning as Tempe Normal School, sports have been part of the college experience. Take a look at early photos of Tempe’s sports teams and hear from Shane Dale, author of Territorial: The History of the Duel in the Desert. Rob Spindler will talk about the birth of the Fiesta Bowl and Tempe’s history with the game
Nov 21: Mega Sports at Tempe Beach Park
Ironman Arizona, PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon, Pat’s Run. How did they get started? What is their future? Stephanie Nowack of the Tempe Tourism Office, Sandy Flynn of Pat’s Run/the Tillman Foundation will present information on these top sporting events.
Jan 16: Baseball at the WWII Japanese-American internment camps
Bill Staples Jr. (author of “Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer”)
Feb 20: Tempe Spring Training
A Los Angeles Angel’s representative will speak about spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Rodney Johnson, president of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, will speak on the start of spring training in the Valley. Susie Steckner, author of “Cactus League: Spring Training,” will take up the story from there and sell and sign copies of her book.
March 20: Arizona Early Baseball
What was Tempe’s first baseball team? John Tenney and Lance Busch from Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League will talk about early baseball.
April 17: ASU Stadium District and Sun Devil Stadium Plans
At April’s presentation, learn ASU’s plans for remodeling Sun Devil Stadium and for the land surrounding it from new Athletic Director Ray Anderson.
May 15: Sports and Playtime
Jeff Golner will share stories about Arizona’s ocean, Big Surf; Richard Ruelas of the Arizona Republic will reminisce about Tempe’s old amusement park, Legend City and Dave Bucher will talk about the creation of Kiwanis Wave Pool