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07-10-2006


Reising Talks Baseball at Hall of Fame

 


Dr. Robert Reising is shown standing in front of Kentucky Senator and former baseball player Jim Bunning's Hall of Fame award.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- University of the Cumberlands' professor Dr. Robert Reising recently traveled to Cooperstown, New York, to contribute to the two and a half day baseball symposium delivered at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

His talk titled, "The Vilification and Vindication of Jim Thorpe," told the story of Olympian Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was stripped of the gold medals he won in the 1912 Olympics, where he was declared a professional athlete for accepting money to play baseball in the summers of 1909 and 1910. Thorpe won gold in both the decathlon and pentathlon. The medals were recast and presented to Thorpe's family in 1983, thirty years after his death.

Reising was both excited to have the honor to speak at the Baseball Hall of Fame and pleased with his delivery.

"I felt good and I prepared well and received favorable feedback. Had I not prepared well; if I hadn't known what I was talking about I would have been in trouble. It was a demanding audience. People don't travel to Cooperstown and listen to talks unless they're really committed to baseball," he said.

In addition to his talk delivered at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Reising also has written two books: "Jim Thorpe: The story of an American Indian," and "Jim Thorpe: Tarheel." Reising is currently working on a third book titled, "Tim Thorpe: The Rest of the Story."

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.