Hopkinsville-Christian County History on Tap
May 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Hopkinsville Brewing Company
102 E 5th St
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at our next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company next Thursday, May 24 at 6:30pm. Joshua Maxwell, author of The Kitty League and director/producer of “The Kitty League: Hometown Heroes” documentary, will join HBC to share the history of the Hoptown Hoppers and the Kitty League.
The K.I.T. League, nicknamed “The Kitty,” was a Class D minor baseball league that represented Kentucky, Illinois/Indiana, and Tennessee. Beginning in 1903 and running for nearly half a century, the league brought professional baseball to smaller towns like Hopkinsville. The Kitty League produced more major league talent than any other Class D league in the history of baseball.
Joshua Maxwell, an author and independent documentary producer, spent the last several years interviewing players, historians, and fans that lived in the time of Class D baseball to write The Kitty League: Images of Baseball and to create an hour-long documentary about the league. His History on Tap presentation will take you on a journey through baseball history in this region with stories about when the spitball was a real thing, when umpires pulled guns on hecklers, how Branch Ricky visited teams, and how his brother would sign the first African American to play in the Kitty League.