Two former Baltimore Orioles players top the list of participants in a public panel discussion on the major league baseball strike at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in McDaniel Hall Lounge on the Western Maryland College campus.
Entitled "When the Cheering Stopped: Can Baseball Recover from the Strike?" the discussion will center on the strike's impact on baseball fans.
Featured panel members include Larry Sheets, an outfielder and designated hitter with the Orioles from 1984 to 1989 who was voted the club's Most Valuable Player after the 1987 season.
Mr. Sheets, now of Brooklandville, runs Larry Sheets Baseball Fantasy Camps.
He will be joined by ex-Baltimore infielder Tim Nordbrook, who played in Memorial Stadium from 1974 to 1976.
A Baltimore native, he is now involved in the city's effort to create a sports complex for Babe Ruth League baseball in Baltimore.
Other panel members will include: Ted Patterson, a three-time Maryland Sportscaster of the Year and author of a 1994 book on the Orioles; Greg Schwalenberg, curator of the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore; Bob Brown, a vice president with the Bowie Baysox; Molly Dunham, assistant sports editor for The Sun; Chris Fisher, head of No Brats in Baseball, a fan boycott group based near Annapolis; Thom Loverro, a sportswriter for the Washington Times; and Lisa Farbstein, a free-lance journalist who frequently writes about baseball.
Panel organizer and moderator Terry A. Dalton, a journalism professor at Western Maryland and lifelong baseball fan, said the purpose of the panel discussion is not to assign blame for the strike, but to explore its short- and long-range impact on both the average fan and on the game itself.
The discussion is sponsored by the Western Maryland College English and Physical Education Departments.
For more information, call 857-2424.