SABR's Negro Leagues Grave Markers Project: Gone but not forgotten
From Thom Loverro at Sports on Earth on May 22, 2014, with mention of SABR members Jeremy Krock and John Thorn:
There is a group of men -- the Negro League Baseball Grave Marker Project -- who, like [John] DiSanto, have devoted their lives to giving former Negro League players a place marked on this earth.
"These men played in anonymity," said Jeremy Krock, 56, a children's anesthesiologist from Peoria, Ill., who is part of the grave marker project. "They shouldn't have to spend eternity in anonymity."
Grave markers touch a deep chord in society. They are seen as a way to preserve someone's memory and also serve as a way for loved ones to cope with loss, a last remaining physical connection. They also serve a purpose for historians to document the final resting place of those who have made their mark while alive -- a ballplayer, a boxer.
To find someone who people may have cheered for now without a grave marker often elicits an emotional response. In 2007, the Florida Times-Union reported Dallas Cowboys great Bob Hayes was buried in a grave in his hometown of Jacksonville without a marker. The story resulted in an outcry from Cowboys fans and former players who offered donations for a grave marker for Hayes, and soon his final resting place was marked.
In England recently, it was learned a noted soccer player -- Tinsley Lindley -- who played for Nottingham Forest in the 1880s, had no grave marker. A group of donors stepped forward with the money for a marker, and in April they had a public ceremony to honor Lindley and officially lay the grave marker nearly 140 years after he had played.
- Click here to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project with a tax-deductible donation
- Join us for the 17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, August 14-16, 2014, in Detroit, MI
- John Thorn: Baseball world remembers pioneer Sol White with new grave marker
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