San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler typically provides opinion and perspective on all sectors of pro and college sports, but tonight he turns his attention to America’s pastime for a local history lesson. The Giants brought Major League Baseball -- “the Big Show” -- to San Francisco in 1958, but Play Ball! 160 Years of San Francisco Baseball surveys a far longer time period. Ostler regales us with tales of the minor league San Francisco Knickerbockers, which began playing in town in 1879. He also speaks about the Mission Reds, where games were played on the site of what’s now a housing project on Valencia. Not to mention the San Francisco Seals, a charter team of the Pacific Coast League and home to the professional debut of a young East Bay player by the name of Joe DiMaggio. Ostler promises to reveal the historical connection between the sport and a former Montgomery Street bar called Dan’s Oyster Saloon. Without spoilers, suffice to say it seems that this town has long associated baseball with partying and getting tipsy.
Tue., March 13, 7 p.m., 2012