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Take me out to the ballgame? OK, we've got a few days left in the regular season, and the Newtown Historical Society will head for the virtual ballpark to enjoy a presentation by Chris Spiro, titled Interesting Moments in Baseball History, in the community room of the Booth Library, 25 Main Street (route 25), on September 15, at 7.30 PM. Chris Spiro has spent a lifetime as a fan, collector, and active follower of all things baseball. He has just recently completed a trek to visit all the major league ballparks currently in use, and for years he has been inviting players past and present to visit his home, garnering invitations to visit at their homes, and making appearances at shows where the players were appearing. Among those whom Spiro has hosted or been a guest of are both Dom and Joe Dimaggio, Don Drysdale, Don "Perfect Game" Larson, Commissioner Happy Chandler, Stan Musial, Monte Irwin, Johnny Mize, Wade Boggs, Warren Spahn, who, in the days long before five-man pitching rotations, gave rise to the hope, Spahn and Sain and pray for rain, Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra, who have the unique distinction of each having the same number, 8, retired in their honor, and many other players and officials. Chris will be reliving his many conversations with these old-time greats, modern players and others in his "Intersting Moments" presentation. He has also promised to bring a selection of memorabilia from his collection, and will even offer a quiz for those willing to test their baseball wits. All Newtown Historical Society programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.