*** 2020 Future Programs *** Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 - Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library, East Berlin, PA Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 - IRP, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 - North Carroll Branch Library, Hampstead, MD Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 - Manheim Township Public Library, Lancaster, PA Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 - Westminster Branch Library, Westminster, MD
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Program John Coulson lectured on his book Wee Willie Sherdel in Chambersburg, PA at the Institute for Retired Persons from 9:00 to 10:15. The event was held at Wilson College. Fifty-nine people attended.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Program John Coulson conducted a class on his book Wee Willie Sherdel in York, PA at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from 1:00 to 2:30. The event took place at the York campus of Penn State University.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Program Hanover's First Church of God invited John Coulson to speak at its luncheon for retired persons. The program was entitled "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." John highlighted his book on Wee Willie Sherdel and John Sherdel displayed his grandfather's memorabilia. The luncheon included hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks and various covered dishes. Pastor Dan Thomas led a baseball trivia contest. Approximately 100 people attended the function.
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - Willie Sherdel Induction into the York Sports Hall of Fame Before the York Revolution game, the York Sports Hall of Fame Committee recognized Sherdel's accomplishments and induct him into the Hall before the 1:00 pm game. He was the only 2019 inductee.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Program John Coulson along with John Sherdel presented a program on Wee Willie Sherdel at the Knights of Columbus Hall in McSherrystown, PA. There was a great crowd of 55 people including members of the Sherdel family from New York and Virginia.
Friday, June 21 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - Sherdel Family Visited St. Louis John Sherdel and members of his family visited St. Louis. The group included John's wife Mary, son Dave and grandsons Josh and Jake. They attended a three-game series between the Angels and Cardinals. It was probably Albert Pujols' last games in St. Louis. Also, the Sherdels visited the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum and Left Bank Books where the Sherdel book is sold. In additon they stopped at the former location of Sportsman's Park.
Monday, June 10, 2019 - Live Television Interview John Coulson and John Sherdel were guests on ABC-27's Good Day PA program. The Author Spotlight interview was live with hosts Amy Kehm and Amanda Peterson.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Program John Coulson along with John Sherdel provided a program on the early history of baseball in Hanover, PA. The program was part of a series entitled The Eight Dimensions of Wellness. It focused on the intellectual dimension of wellness in your life. The program was a lunch and learn session at noon at the UPMC Pinnacle Hanover-Medical Fitness Center, 250 Fame Avenue, Suite 100, Hanover, PA.
Friday, April 12, 2019 - Live Radio Interview John Coulson was the live radio guest on the KMOX Hancock and Kelley Show in St. Louis. John Hancock and Chris Mihill were substituting for the regular Charlie Brennan Show. Hancock did the 10 minute interview with Coulson about the Wee Willie Sherdel book. Hancock used the words "wonderful, wonderful" and "great" to describe the book. He suggested Sherdel should be considered for the Cardinals' Hall of Fame. KMOX is the 50,000 watt flagship radio station for the St. Louis Cardinals and covers the Midwest at 1120 on the dial. The interview can be accessed on the KMOX website and begins at 28:18 of the program.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Book Signing John Coulson and John Sherdel participated in York Sports Night at Heritage Hills in York. They sold books, signed autographs and displayed Wiilie Sherdel's memorabilia. Guests included baseball HOFer Andre Dawson, football HOFer Ray Guy, ex-Baltimore Colt Tom Matte, Penn State football players Nick Scott and Koa Farmer, boxer Pernell Whitaker and York Revolution manager Mark Mason.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Program and Book Signing The author of Wee Willie Sherdel appeared at the Gettysburg Library at 6:30. John Coulson presented a program on the book. The event was held on the opening day of the 2019 Major League season. Willie's grandson displayed memorabilia from Sherdel's career. The event was sponsored by the Barley Snyder law firm. Attorney Scott Kelley and Gettysburg Library's Steve LaBarre introduced the program. It was a great evening with Cracker Jacks, peanuts and 46 people in attendance.
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Program John Coulson and John Sherdel presented at a 9:00 meeting of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Men in Mission Breakfast Group at the Hanover Railside Family Diner. Great turnout! Thirty-five interested attendees.
Monday, March 11, 2019 - Program John Coulson spoke at a men's meeting of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hampstead, Maryland. The event began with a dinner at 6:30. John Sherdel displayed his grandfather's baseball items. Enjoyable evening with a very hospitable group of men.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Program John Coulson and John Sherdel attended a noon luncheon with 17 others at SpiriTrust Lutheran at Utz Terrace in Hanover, PA. John C. spoke after lunch and John S. shared his grandfather's memorabilia. Great conversation and excellent food. Wonderful time.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Program John Coulson spoke at a noon luncheon of the Talkin' Baseball group at Chef Alan's Restaurant in West Reading, PA. John Sherdel shared his grandfather's memorabilia. The interested baseball fans enjoyed the program. Very few had heard of Wee Willie prior to the talk. The author signed copies of his latest book. Great food and conversation.
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - Program John Coulson spoke to the Bob Davids (Mid-Atlantic) Chapter of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) at its "Talkin' Baseball" book group on Saturday, January 5. The meeting was held at 9:00 at the Brighton Gardens center in Columbia, MD. This chapter serves the Chesapeake Bay area and is centered in Washington. John Sherdel provided his grandfather's baseball items. Enthusiastic baseball fans discussed Sherdel and 1920s baseball for two hours.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Program Author Coulson spoke with the Methodist Men's Group of First United Methodist Church at its monthly dinner meeting. The church is located at the corner of Centennial Ave. and Frederick St. in Hanover, PA. The program was attended by 32 people. Willie Sherdel's grandson John displayed mementos from Willie's career.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Program and Book Signing Baseball historian and author John Coulson entertained a public audience at Trinity United Church of Christ, 116 York Street, Hanover on Sunday afternoon, November 18 at 1:30. He presented a program on his new book about local hero Bill Sherdel, the Cards' winningest lefty. John Sherdel displayed mementos from Willie's career. The event, sponsored by the Women of Trinity, had a baseball theme with hot dogs, popcorn and cracker jacks. Attendees were encouraged to wear clothing advertising their favorite teams. A crowd of nearly 50 people attended.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - Program and Book Signing John Coulson presented his Wee Willie Sherdel program at a November 11 meeting of the John Timon Reily Historical Society in the McSherrystown Senior Center. John Sherdel displayed his grandfather's memorabilia. A nice crowd of interested people attended and asked many questions about their local baseball great.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Book Delivered to National Baseball Hall of Fame John Coulson's new book on Wee Willie Sherdel was delivered to the library at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. It will remain there for future baseball research.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Program and Book Signing Author John Coulson with John Sherdel presented a program on Wee Willie Sherdel at Red Land Library in Etters, PA at 6:30 PM. An enthusiastic group of baseball fans enjoyed the evening at the Newberry Commons library.
"Really interesting program this evening on "Wee Willie Sherdel" - a local kid who played for the St. Louis Cardinals 100 years' ago. Thanks to author and baseball historian John Coulson for the stories and to John Sherdel for bringing memorabilia from his famous grandfather. Special treat, I got to wear Wee Willie's 1926 World Series ring." -Karen Hostetter, Red Land Community Library Manager
"Great program last evening at the Red Land Library. Very well done and very informative. This was one of the best history stories I have attended." -Lance G.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Program and Book Signing John Coulson presented a program on Wee Willie Sherdel at Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover at 6:30 PM. Sherdel's grandson John displayed some of Willie's memorabilia. Fifty people attended the event.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - Book Presentation The author and John Sherdel presented a copy of Wee Willie Sherdel to the residents of McSherrystown at a Borough Council meeting.
From Left: John Coulson, John Sherdel, McSherrystown Mayor Anthony Weaver and Council President Patricia McKim-Bortner
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Private Book Launch A book launch was held at the Knights of Columbus in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with a large, enthusiastic turnout including many Sherdel family members. The author introduced his new book Wee Willie Sherdel and signed autographs. John Sherdel spoke and displayed some of his grandfather Willie's memorabilia. Attendance was by invitation.