Intrepid baseball fans join us as we discuss pitching, pitches and some of the greatest pitchers who hurled them over the years. Using Tyler Kepner’s book, K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, we’ll explore the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches--from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Kepner, on the New York Times staff since 2000 and NYT columnist on national on national baseball topics since 2010, intertwines stories and folklore with research and interviews to bring the craft of pitching alive in an informative and interesting framework. In addition, the class will take a short detour to relive the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal on its 100th anniversary through outside readings and possibly an optional field trip to the Chicago History Museum. Grab a ball, warm up your arm and your mind! No class on 10/09/19 or 11/27/19.