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Delaware native to sign latest baseball book Aug. 7 at Delaware Sports Museum

Hal Bodley, the Delaware native who is among the most accomplished baseball writers in the country, will appear at the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 4-6 p.m. to discuss his life and sign copies of his book, “How Baseball Explains America” (Triumph, 2014).

The museum is on the ground floor of Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. Bodley is scheduled to throw out the first pitch that night when the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Bodley is a member and former president of the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. He is a graduate of Smyrna High School and the University of Delaware. Bodley began covering baseball in 1958 and was a longtime sports editor and columnist for the Wilmington News Journal. He joined USA Today as baseball editor/columnist in 1982, before the paper began publishing, and since 2008 has been with MLB.com as a senior correspondent.

Bodley is a member of both the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame.

His latest book, “How Baseball Explains America,” examines “the connection between baseball and our society as a whole,” according to Triumph books.

“Longtime USA Today editor and columnist Hal Bodley explores just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience,” Triumph says.

In the book, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton share their thoughts on the game, and Bodley looks at baseball’s struggle with performance-enhancing drugs.

For more information about the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, visit www.desports.org.