The 20th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee, returned to its roots on July 27-30, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of the first Negro League conference in 1998.
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.
- Video: Steelton, PA, hosts historic sites tour honoring Negro Leagues great Rap Dixon (ABC-27)
- Schedule: Click here to download the 2017 Malloy Conference information packet (PDF)
- Ken Mars: Download a new resource guide to the 1887 National Colored League
- Ryan Whirty: Malloy Conference shows unity in passion, strength in numbers
Check out a photo gallery from the 2017 Malloy Conference below (or click here to view the gallery on mobile devices.) Thanks to Louis McKinney Sr., D. Bruce Brown, Leslie Heaphy, John Wakelin, and Ryan Whirty for photos.
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 was May 8, 2017. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (email@example.com), Mark Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tim Bottorff (email@example.com), or Marlene Vogelsang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here to learn more about the 2016 winners.
SABR's Negro Leagues Committee's held its eighth annual Art Contest in 2017. The theme was "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 was 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 was 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 were 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.
The newest publication from the SABR Digital Library focuses on the end of an era in black baseball. Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, was inspired by the last Negro League World Series ever played and presents biographies of the players on the two contending teams in 1948 — the Birmingham Black Barons and the Homestead Grays — as well as the managers, the owners, and articles on the ballparks the teams called home. Also included are articles that recap the season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the Negro National League and Negro American League playoff series, and the World Series itself. Additional context is provided in essays about the effects of Organized Baseball’s integration on the Negro Leagues, the exodus of Negro League players to Canada, and the signing away of top Negro League players, specifically Willie Mays.
Click here to learn more or download the e-book. SABR members can download the e-book edition for free or get 50% off the paperback edition.
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