Students learn from Baseball Hall of Fame representative



RUSSELL Russell High School students were able to take a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum through a videoconference last week. Bruce Markusen, manager of digital and outreach learning of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., spoke to juniors and seniors in the Russell Area Technology Center’s business law class about the history of Major League Baseball contracts.

“It was very interesting to bring in something that’s fascinating and to bring in a famous place from New York in your classroom,” said business law teacher Melissa Wilburn.

Wilburn said the class has recently been covering elements of business contracts. Through the “Hardballs and Handshakes” program, Markusen was able to lead students through baseball contracts dating to 1925.

“We compared baseball contracts of people like Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter and we discussed unions and negotiating tactics and bringing in moderators and things like that to how contracts differ from then to now,” said Wilburn.

Markusen also led the students through the Hall of Fame, showing them displays and memorabilia.

A few weeks prior to the videoconference, Wilburn said Markusen sent students some contracts along with a list of vocabulary words and some assignments to prepare them for their talk.

“It was a different way to learn about different contracts,” said student McKinzie Walters. “I also enjoyed having the contracts compared to professional baseball. It was very interesting and something that I was looking forward to.”

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