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David O'Neill
Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651.999.1095

Think you know a thing or two about the national pastime? Not so fast.

St. Paul, Minn. – (February 7, 2011) – On Tuesday, March 29, as major league baseball gears up for a new season, Garrison Keillor welcomes baseball historian John Thorn to the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater for an evening of conversation about this beloved sport.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 8, at noon.

Forget what you've heard about Abner Doubleday and Cooperstown — maybe peanuts and Cracker Jack too. Thorn's brand-new book, Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game (Simon & Schuster), busts the myths and traces the true development of the game through the stories of the men and the teams that shaped it in its formative years. With the 2011 season's opening day right around the corner, this is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone who's ever thrilled to the crack of the bat.

John Thorn is a historian and writer. He founded and edits Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, a semiannual scholarly publication. He was the co-author of Total Baseball, a well-known baseball book, and many other baseball books, notably The Hidden Game of Baseball. He often appears on ESPN, the History Channel, and the MLB Network. He was the chief consultant and on-screen historian for Ken Burns's PBS series Baseball. And he serves as publishing consultant to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Museum of the City of New York.

Garrison Keillor, who roots for the Twins, is the recipient of Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, and he has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, 77 Love Sonnets, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and A Christmas Blizzard.

WHAT: Author and baseball historian John Thorn in conversation with Garrison Keillor

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

TICKETS: On sale starting Tuesday, February 8, at noon. Price: $20.00. Minnesota Public Radio members receive a $2 discount. With purchase of each $20 ticket, you will receive $10.00 off the price of a copy of Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game (from Common Good Books). Just bring your ticket stub to the gift shop counter at the Fitz on the night of the performance to receive your discount.


Ticketmaster –
Tickets are available for the general public through Ticketmaster. Order online through, call (800) 982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

Fitzgerald Theater–
The general public can purchase tickets at the Fitzgerald Theater by phone at 651-290-1200 or in person. Box office hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–5 p.m.

Common Good Books –
Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul. Phone: 651-225-8989 Store hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.