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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2012 > May-August > See Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Gang in “Peanuts at Bat” at the James V. Brown Library; and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

See Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Gang in “Peanuts at Bat” at the James V. Brown Library; and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

See Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Gang in “Peanuts at Bat” at the James V. Brown Library; and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum

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he James V. Brown Library and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum are teaming up to offer an exhibition about one of the most lackluster baseball teams known to the sport and managed by Charlie Brown.

His team is comprised of a motley group of uninspired ball players with a dog – Snoopy - as shortstop. Snoopy, as it turns out, is one of the more talented players on a team that can’t hit, pitch, or field. Every year for nearly 50 years during baseball season, Charles Schulz sent this hapless crew out to lose game after outlandish game.

The “Peanuts” Gang’s ill-fated baseball games were based, to a large extent, on “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz’s childhood experiences playing sandlot baseball. Baseball was Mr. Schulz’s favorite childhood sport, but he remembered losing a game once 40-0.

This game, he said, gave him the idea for Charlie Brown’s string of losses. Mr. Schulz’s passion for the game of baseball continued into adulthood. He played pickup games as often as he could on baseball diamonds he had built at his home and near his studio. Mr. Schulz also followed Major League Baseball and was a keen admirer of Willie Mays and other talented professionals.

LLBMuseumLogo_152px“Peanuts at Bat,” opening on July 20 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 East Third Street, Williamsport, Pa., showcases some of Mr. Schulz’s most memorable baseball-themed comic strips. Forty-three digital prints from the original drawings by Mr. Schulz will be on display, taking the visitor through five decades of the “Peanuts” Gang engaged in America’s pastime.

Included in the exhibition are vintage “Peanuts” baseball memorabilia and ephemera: bobblehead dolls, banners and a board game.  Also on display are a Louisville Slugger “Joe Shlabotnik” bat (Shlabnotnik is Charlie Brown’s favorite - underperforming - player, who’s never actually seen in the strip) and an over-sized Snoopy doll decked out in his favorite team uniform.  It will be on view at the library until Aug. 8.

The James V. Brown Library is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will move to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, South Williamsport, and open Aug. 10, less than one week before the start of the Little League Baseball World Series.

A number of figurines featuring the Peanut’s Gang and a print donated in 1984, by Mr. Schulz, all from the Little League Museum’s archival collection, will be on display.

The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum’s hours are extended from Aug. 16 through Aug. 26 during the Little League World Series. Museum fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1.50 for children 13 and younger. There is no additional charge for the Peanuts display which will be at the museum through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. On Sept. 4 the museum will close for an extensive renovation project. It will reopen June 6, 2013.

For more information about the Little League Museum, contact Janice L. Ogurcak, at: (570) 326-3607; or, by e-mail, at: jogurcak@LittleLeague.org. More information on the Little League Museum can be found on the Little League web site, at: www.LittleLeague.org; or on Facebook, at: www.Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum.

“Peanuts at Bat” is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.

 

About the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Open since 2002, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is located in Santa Rosa, California, and houses the largest collection of historical artifacts and original artwork by and about Charles M. Schulz in the world.  The Schulz Museum features more than 6,000 square feet of gallery space; a re-creation of Schulz’s studio office; outdoor gardens and exhibits (including a Snoopy labyrinth and a kite-eating tree); a 100-seat theatre; a research library and archives; and an education room with hands-on activities and classes.  For more information on the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, please visit www.schulzmuseum.org.