The 14th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference took place July 21-23, 2011, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 13 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages.
Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest. (Winners in the essay contest and the art contest were announced earlier this spring.)
The theme of this year’s Malloy Conference is “Black Baseball in Indiana,” which is coincidentally the title of a half-hour documentary film produced by students at Ball State University’s Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, under the advisement of Negro Leagues historian and SABR member Geri Strecker, a two-time recipient of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
“Black Baseball in Indiana” was screened on July 7 to SABR 41 attendees during the national convention’s Film Festival in Long Beach, California. Several of Strecker’s students were on hand to introduce the film and discuss it afterward.
As a result of their research, the Indiana Historical Society will place a commemorative marker at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 22 at the site of Washington Park, where the first Negro National League game was held in 1920. The old ballpark, on the grounds of what is now the Indianapolis Zoo, had been lost for decades.
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Originally published: July 25, 2011. Last Updated: April 22, 2020.