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John Carvalho will open the spring 2017 Discover Auburn lecture series with a book talk and signing of his book "Frick: Baseball’s Third Commissioner."

Frick’s tenure as commissioner carried the game through pivotal changes--television, continued integration, West Coast expansion and labor unrest. During those 14 years, and 17 more as National League president, he witnessed baseball history from the perspective of a man who began as a sportswriter. Carvalho’s biography provides a detailed narrative of his career and the events and characters of mid-20th century baseball. Carvalho is associate professor of journalism and associate director for journalism at Auburn University.

The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.