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Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
August 14-16, 2014
Detroit, Michigan

The 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held August 14-16, 2014, at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown (333 E. Jefferson Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.

The conference theme is "Turkey Stearnes and Black Baseball in Michigan." Black baseball has a long history in Michigan, especially centered in the Motor City. Among the original entrants to the Negro National League in 1920 was Tenny Blount’s Detroit Stars, managed by Pete Hill and anchored by Big Bill Gatewood on the mound. The Detroit Wolves and Motor City Giants also played in Mack Park and Hamtramck stadium. In addition to the well-known Turkey Stearnes other star players included catcher Bruce Petway, the speedy Jimmie Lyons and the powerful Edgar Wesley.

The 17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate this rich baseball history. In addition to two days of research presentations and player/author panels, attendees will also enjoy special presentations about local parks as well as a Tigers game against the Seattle Mariners.

 

Call for Papers

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: Turkey Stearnes, Jimmie Lyons, Hamtramck Stadium, Mack Park, Tenny Blount, the Detroit Stars, the Detroit Wolves and much more. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. For oral presentations, please indicate whether you will require any AV equipment. For poster presentations, please indicate the number and size of posters you wish to display. Please email your proposal as a Microsoft Word attachment to lheaphy@kent.edu by March 24, 2014. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (lheaphy@kent.edu) or Lisa Alexander (lisa.doris.alexander@gmail.com.)

 

Essay Contest

SABR's Negro Leagues Committee will award two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors in its sixth annual essay contest in 2013-14. Students are asked to write a 1,200-word essay on one of the following topics: “Who is Rube Foster and why is he significant to Negro League history?” or “Explain who Sam Lacy is and his significance to black baseball history.” Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines. All applications must be e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy (lheaphy@kent.edu) no later than March 24, 2014. Questions can also be directed to Stephanie Liscio (stephanieliscio@yahoo.com) or Mel May (mel.may@tri-c.edu).

Library Grants

SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $1,000 library grants for 2013-14. School libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students about black baseball and American history. Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines. The Planning Committee will review all the applications and make two selections. All applications must be e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy (lheaphy@kent.edu) no later than April 7, 2014. Questions can also be directed to Mark Moore (mmoore@cpl.org), Tim Bottorff (tbottorf@mail.ucf.edu) or Stephen Cullis (scullis@rtnj.org.)

Art Contest

The fifth annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest is now accepting applications in three categories: professional, amateur and youth. Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the 2014 Malloy Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The winning entry in the professional and amateur categories will receive a $300 prize and a certificate. The winning entry in the youth category will receive $150 and a certificate. To download a PDF application for the 2014 Art Contest, click here. Entries should show clear relation to the Negro Leagues. Detailed criteria and submission requirements can be found in the PDF application above. Deadline for all entries to be received is May 26, 2014. Winners will be notified within three weeks of the deadline. For more information on the Youth Art Contest, click here. For more information, click here or contact Leslie Heaphy or Larry Lester.

 

About the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

When the Society for American Baseball Research was founded on August 10, 1971, just a single player from the Negro Leagues had been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame — the ageless pitching wonder Satchel Paige, who delivered his speech on the library steps in Cooperstown on the afternoon before SABR's first meeting. Today, largely due to the research of SABR members over the ensuing four decades, there are 35 representatives from baseball's pre-integration leagues for black players with plaque in the Hall of Fame gallery.

"Smokey Joe Williams", by Bill Cormalis Jr.: winner (professional) of the 2011 Negro Leagues Committee art contest"Smokey Joe Williams", by Bill Cormalis Jr.: winner (professional) of the 2011 Negro Leagues Committee art contest

SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee — one of its original committees, formed in 1971 — has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Led by co-chairs Dick Clark and Larry Lester, the committee published the landmark The Negro Leagues Book in 1994, which featured a complete register of more than 3,000 players, team rosters and in-depth histories from leagues of the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth.

The committee has also spawned the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which was started in 2004 by SABR member Jeremy Krock and has provided proper grave markers to the unmarked graves of more than 20 former Negro Leagues players around the country. (Their work was featured in an "NBC Nightly News" special that can be viewed here.)

SABR members and nonmembers alike can learn more about the Negro Leagues Committee and its groundbreaking work at the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference  

The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 15 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 Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

For more information on SABR conferences throughout the year, visit SABR.org/events.


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