The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be returning to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.
- Registration: All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register online. Regular registration for SABR members is $190, which includes all presentations and sessions. Non-SABR members: $200. Students: $135 for SABR members, $150 for non-members. Single-day rate for Friday or Saturday: $90 for SABR members, $100 for non-members. The Education Forum on Thursday is $20. Guest tickets for friends and family can also be ordered. Click here for an information packet (PDF) with complete details on registration rates. The regular registration deadline is June 30, 2017.
- Hotel: The 2017 Malloy Conference will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click here to book your room online at the special SABR rate of $129/night (plus tax). Or call (717) 233-6000 and mention you're with the "SABR Malloy Conference." The cut-off date to book your room is July 5, 2017.
- Schedule and information: Click here for the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF).
- Contact: E-mail Ted Knorr with any questions about the conference.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 19 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.
Click a link below to learn more about the 2017 Malloy Conference essay contest and scholarships, art competition, and school library grants.
SABR's Negro Leagues Committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to four high school seniors in its ninth annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2017: Jakez Smith, Nijer Reaves, Sophia Dossin, and Isabella Baynard; click here to learn more about the winners. Students had to write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. The students will be recognized at the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The selection committee included Leslie Heaphy, AJ Taylor, Michelle Freeman, and Philip Ross.
SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $500 Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants for 2016-17. School and community libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students and the community about black baseball and American history. Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The deadline is May 8, 2017. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Moore (email@example.com), Tim Bottorff (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Marlene Vogelsang (email@example.com). Click here to learn more about the 2016 winners.
SABR's Negro Leagues Committee's will hold its eighth annual Art Contest in 2017. The theme is "Black Baseball History." For professionals and amateurs: Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The entry fee is $30 and the deadline for submission is May 29, 2017. For the youth contest: Click here to download the youth art contest PDF application. The entry fee is $10 (per three entries) and the deadline for submission is May 22, 2017. Make checks out to "SABR". Submit your application and images to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu or by mail at: Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd, North Canton, OH 44720.
Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the 2017 Malloy Conference; photos of winning entries and runners up will also be included in an upcoming issue of McFarland Publishers’ Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal. The winning entries in the professional and amateur categories will receive a $250 prize. The individual student winner will receive a $150 prize and the winning schools will each receive $250 worth of age-appropriate books about Negro League baseball for their libraries. For more information, contact Leslie Heaphy or Larry Lester.
For highlights from the 2016 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Kansas City, click here.
Who was Jerry Malloy?
- Click here to learn more about the groundbreaking Negro Leagues historian, who was the recipient of SABR's Henry Chadwick Award in 2015
Click a link below for highlights from past Jerry Malloy Conferences:
- 2016: Kansas City, MO
- 2015: Pittsburgh, PA
- 2014: Detroit, MI
- 2013: Newark, NJ
- 2012: Cleveland, OH
- 2011: Indianapolis, IN
- 2010: Birmingham, AL
- 2009: Pittsburgh, PA
- 2008: Chicago, IL
- 2007: Portsmouth, VA
- 2006: Kansas City, MO
- 2005: Chicago, IL
- 2004: Cleveland, OH
- 2003: Harrisburg, PA
- 2002: Memphis, TN
- 2001: Kansas City, MO
- 2000: Harrisburg, PA
- 1999: Atlantic City, NJ
- 1998: Harrisburg, PA