Friday, November 5, 2010

Professional Baseball in Schenectady—The Frank M. Keetz Collection

Volume: 2 boxes (about 1.33 c.f.)
Creator: Frank M. Keetz

 Cover of Schenectady Baseball Club program, 1946
Biographical Note: 
A resident of Schenectady, NY, Frank M. Keetz was a social studies teacher at Shaker High School and Bethlehem High School for 38 years and has researched and written about history, economics, and baseball.  Keetz began collecting baseball memorabilia as a child, and as an adult his passion for baseball drove him to become a local authority on Schenectady baseball.  In his spare time, he spent "90 million hours" at the public library searching newspapers on microfilm to answer baseball questions for friends and acquaintances.  He compiled his extensive research into several books and monographs.

McNeary Stadium

Author of:
  • Class “C” Baseball: A Case Study of the Schenectady Blue Jays in the Canadian-American League 1946-1950, 1988.
  • Doff Your Caps to the Champions: A Case Study of a Minor League Baseball Franchise in 1903, 1984.
  • The Mohawk Colored Giants of Schenectady, 1999.
  • They, Too, Were “Boys of Summer”: A Case Study of the Schenectady Blue Jays in the Eastern League 1951-1957, 1993. 
      Tom Lasorda, baseball card, 1948
      Description of Collection:
      Photographs, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, programs, a signed baseball, research files, baseball trading cards.

      Further Reading:
      “Baseball in Schenectady” by Frank M. Keetz.
      Schenectady County Historical Society Newsletter. v 52, no. 9-10. September-October 2009.

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