Spring training is here, and baseball seems to be on the collective mind of West County.

Of course, there is this month's start of youth baseball league seasons, not to mention the Richmond stop of the San Francisco Giants World Series trophy tour last month.

Now, the Richmond Museum of History is planning a spring exhibit on semipro baseball in the area and is seeking the community's help.

"We are looking for photos, ephemera, equipment, uniforms" and the like, says Melinda McCrary, the museum's curator and manager. "Or even stories of how things went from a personal perspective."

Playing baseball was a rite of passage in the 1940s and '50s and lots of sponsored teams that competed on ball fields in Richmond and neighboring cities.

In addition to the general appeal of baseball as an exhibit focus, "We thought it would be of interest to the community to tell the story of how significant Richmond was with the social changes and the changes in race relations that took place," McCrary said.

While baseball-related items can be donated, "We will definitely consider loans if the person doesn't want to donate their treasures," she said.

For more details, contact the museum at 510-235-7387 or info@richmondmuseumofhistory.org.

BASEBALL LIFE DURING WARTIME: Baseball of the World War II variety, meanwhile, is coming to Richmond's national park.


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The speaker series at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park visitor education center will present a doubleheader of sorts at 2 p.m. March 9. The program opens with a screening of the 1992 feature film "A League of Their Own," the story of the war-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.

The showing will be followed by a talk by Dick "Doc" Stull on the changing role of women during the war and the discriminatory and logistical obstacles they faced in defying traditional stereotypes.

Stull is a longtime instructor in the Kinesiology and Recreation Administration Department at Humboldt State University, host of a radio sports program show out of Eureka and a volunteer docent at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen.

MORE BASEBALL: One of the highlights of the fundraiser known as The Event, a benefit for a graduation celebration for seniors at El Cerrito High School, is the chance to bid on four premium lower box seats with club access to a world champion San Francisco Giants game of your choice at AT&T Park. The package includes a signed Sergio Romo ball, an Angel Pagan jersey, souvenir tickets from last year's World Series and more.

The only way to bid is to attend The Event, a gala evening of food, dance and games from 6 to 11 p.m. March 9 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and proceeds go to sending seniors to Disneyland for Grad Night.

For tickets or more details, contact Beth Crespan at vlek@pacbell.net or 510-526-5844.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Bay Area bluegrass favorites Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands perform at 8 p.m. March 8 at First Methodist Church of Point Richmond, 201 Martina Ave.

Appearing on the bill with Lewis in the Point Richmond Acoustic concert is American Nomad.

Tickets are $18 general, $15 seniors or students, available in advance at Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. For more details, visit www.pointacoustic.org.

  • The Oprah book pick "Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries," which has "excerpts from 50 illustrated diaries spanning 200 years of adventure and contemplation," will be the subject of a free talk by author Susan Snyder at 6 p.m. March 11 at the West Side Branch Library, 135 Washington Ave. in Point Richmond.

    Details: 510-620-6567.

  • A free daylong town hall meeting, "Learn What You Can do to Save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.

    The session for residents of Contra Costa and Solano counties will feature a talk by guest speaker Eric Kingson of Social Security Works.

    The day will also feature a presentation by Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo, on avoiding medication errors and how to make sure the drugs you take are safe.

    Transportation to the town hall can be arranged by calling Richmond Paratransit at 510-307-8026.

    The day is presented by the Richmond Commission on Aging, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, Lifelong Medical, Doctors Medical Center, West County Senior Coalition, Safeway Inc. and Walgreens.

    Top RSVP, call 510-663-4086.

  • Garth Jacober, owner of the Mt. Diablo Nursery in Lafayette, will offer gardening advice as the guest speaker at the Pinole Garden Club meeting at 1 p.m. March 12 in the Alex Clark Room of the Public Safety Facility, 880 Tennent Ave. in Pinole. Details: 510-758-0462.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.