Author to speak about western Wisconsin baseball legends

March 25, 2014

Chippewa Falls author and alumnus Joe Niese, who has written one book about a western Wisconsin baseball legend and is working on another, will read from and discuss his work at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Niese will speak from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at University Archives in room 321 of the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center.

Joe NieseThe event coincides with opening week in Major League baseball. University Archives has coordinated a small exhibit about university baseball history and alumni who have played professionally. The display also features a selection of baseball-related library materials available for checkout. The exhibit will be in place through Friday, April 18.

In 2013 Niese profiled "Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer," a biography of the Clear Lake native and early 20th century pitcher who is in the baseball Hall of Fame. His presentation will include a slideshow and a display of several of Grimes' scrapbooks.

He also will have autographed copies of his book for sale. For more information, go to

Niese is a 2002 UW-Stout graduate and librarian at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.

He is working on a manuscript about Andy Pafko. The Boyceville-area native played for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves during a 17-year All-Star career. Pafko died in 2013.

Niese's talk is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling University Archives at 715-232-2300.