By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
In March of this year MSBL posted a
story about Rob Sherwin, son of long-time MSBL veteran Bob Sherwin, being asked
by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to take part in their annual symposium on Baseball and American Culture, June 1-3 in Cooperstown. We are now following up with comments and
pictures from the event.
Rob Sherwin is a law professor at Texas Tech University Law School.
Rob has played in the Father/Son Division of the MSBL World Series every year since 1998 and together with father Bob, the LA Athletics have won seven championships. Rob lives in Lubbock, Texas and
the legacy of playing with dad and the Athletics are very special to him.
Rob is the Director of the Trial Advocacy Program for the law school
and at the first of the year he submitted a proposal to the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in Cooperstown entitled "The Tie Goes to the Runner: A Legal
Statutory Analysis of Baseball Rules” for a panel discussion to be
given in June at their annual symposium on Baseball and American Culture. He was accepted.
"Speaking at the Hall of Fame was one of the highlights of
my career and something I’ll never forget," Rob explained. "One of the things that made it
so special was that my wife and parents could be there to see me speak and take
in the rest of the symposium. Baseball is the most quintessential of family
sports. The MSBL World Series Father-Son tournament is proof of that. So for us
to do this as a family made it far more special than just speaking at an
ordinary academic conference.”
Proud Papa Bob
supplied a few comments for MSBL.
presentation was amazing. There were probably 175 people in attendance
over the three day symposium. The speakers were mostly college professors,
authors and lawyers, all presenting on various topics that connected to
baseball. Jane Leavy, a well-known author who has written biographies on Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle, was the keynote speaker. I had a blast
talking to her about writing both books.
evening, June 2nd, we had a special dinner in the gallery where the HOF plaques
are displayed. I ate dinner under the
plaque of one of my favorite players, #1 Pee Wee Reese.
the entire event was so special for me to be there and watch my son wow the
audience with his fascinating presentation. He used a legal analysis to
interpret the major league baseball rule on when a batter or runner is out and
whether the runner would be safe if there truly is a tie. He used video
clips throughout his presentation including the famous Moupes scene from a Seinfeld episode. There were two lady umpires in attendance, both of whom umpire MSBL games in Arizona. They didn't necessarily agree with Rob's
conclusions but they agreed he made a convincing argument.”
Rob summed up the magical few days."There were so many things at the conference that were
unforgettable, eating dinner in the plaque room, seeing a performance of Casey
at the Bat, talking with all the other presenters—but one of the most memorable
events was the Town Ball game in the park across the street from the Hall of
Fame. They play it the way baseball started—with sticks in the ground instead
of bases, and a softer ball that the fielders throw at the runner to record an
out. My Dad and I were on opposite teams and I got to pitch to him, which was