Gary “Pops” Goldberg-O’Maxfield of Hartford is a member of the Society
of American Baseball Research (SABR) and he has been researching
baseball in Connecticut for over a decade. He has written numerous
articles on baseball and is writing a Connecticut baseball book for
Wesleyan University Press.
Goldberg-O’Maxfield is also co-founder and
Commissioner of the Friends of Vintage Base Ball
(friendsofvintagebaseball.org), a Hartford based, non-profit living
history organization. The Friends of Vintage Base Ball created the
nationally renown four-team Coltsville Vintage Base Ball League which
plays weekly Saturday vintage base ball games throughout the summer at
the Hartford Base Ball Grounds. Coltsville Vintage Base Ball is a
thriving element of the Coltsville National Historic District, soon to
be National Park.
Goldberg-O’Maxfield has appeared on ESPN providing
color commentary for the first nationally televised vintage base ball
game in 2004. He was featured in a MLB.com Emmy Award nominated
documentary on Vintage Base Ball that same year. O’Maxfield is a
registered speaker with the Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War
Commission and he entertainingly lectures in period costume around New
England on baseball history.
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