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Larry Gerlach’s book “The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires” is one of nearly 1,400 books about baseball he recently donated to Colorado Mesa University’s Tomlinson Library. Gerlach is a retired professor of history at the University of Utah and his son, T.J. Gerlach, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hancock, both teach at Colorado Mesa University.

Author, former professor donates baseball book collection to CMU library

It’s such a simple act. But for many American boys, especially from older generations, it had the most subtle and memorable impact on a youngster’s life.
The pop of a leather glove, maybe a smile from the stern father, an easy conversation about baseball.
A handful of minutes with a father usually too busy or too tired to find the time to spend with his son.
Having a catch with dad — a special time and an amazing memory.

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