The 19th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held July 7-9, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages. A registration packet and more information will be available here soon.
See below for more information on the 2016 Call for Papers, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Library Grant Program.
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 Jerry Malloy Conference. This year's theme is "Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues." Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ballplayers. All Negro Leaguers took part in barnstorming games across the country and in cities like Kansas City. Monarchs great Satchel Paige, whose 110th birthday is being celebrated during this conference, did his fair share of barnstorming. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues. Click here to download the Call for Papers (PDF). All applications must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2016, and sent to Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information.
High School Essay Contest
SABR's Negro Leagues Committee will award four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its eighth annual essay contest in 2016. Students must be current high school seniors, carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA, and planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post?secondary institution. Cick a link below to download the PDF scholarship application:
- Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship: "Who is Jimmie Crutchfield and why is he significant to Negro League history?"
- Rube Foster Memorial Scholarship: "What contributions did Rube Foster make to the Negro Leagues?"
- Robert Peterson Scholarship: "Why is Robert Peterson important to both the history of the Negro Leagues and American history?"
- Normal "Tweed" Webb Scholarship:"Who was Tweed Webb and why is he important to the history of the Negro Leagues?"
All applications must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2016, and sent to Leslie Heaphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download a PDF application above to learn more about eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines. Click here to learn more about the 2015 winners, Jeff Boelter of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis and Kari Whiteside of Granada Hills Charter High School in California. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (email@example.com), Stephanie Liscio (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mel May (email@example.com), or Shawn Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $500 Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants for 2015-16. 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. All applications must be sent by April 4, 2016. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (email@example.com), Mark Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Tim Bottorff (email@example.com).
SABR's Negro Leagues Committee's will hold its seventh annual Art Contest in 2016. The theme is "Black Baseball Life." 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 9, 2016. 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 23, 2016.
Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the 2016 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 $300 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.
2015 Malloy Conference recap:
The 18th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held August 6-8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click here to download the September 2015 edition of "The Courier" newsletter for a complete recap of the Malloy Conference.
The 2015 conference celebrated the history of black baseball in the Steel City, including a one-hour session with Robert "Bob" Paige, son of Hall of Famer Satchel Paige; a talk by Kevin Kirkland, co-author of Lucky Bats with former Homestead Grays batboy Elijah "Lucky" Miller; and a diverse group of research presentations.
In addition, conference attendees took a special tour of PNC Park and saw a Pirates-Dodgers game; took part in a lively Negro Leagues trivia contest; watched a special video presentation, "Kings on the Hill: Baseball's Forgotten Men," from University of Pittsburgh history professor Rob Ruck; and listened to a panel on how to do Negro Leagues research from historians James Overmyer, Donald Spivey, James Brunson III, and Leslie Heaphy (moderator).
Visit SABR.org/malloy/2015 for more photos and stories from the 2015 Malloy Conference.
- 2015: Click here for highlights of the 2015 Jerry Malloy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA
- 2014: Click here for highlights of the 2014 Jerry Malloy Conference in Detroit, MI
- 2013: Click here for highlights of the 2013 Jerry Malloy Conference in Newark, NJ
- 2012: Click here for highlights of the 2012 Jerry Malloy Conference in Cleveland, OH
- 2011: Click here for highlights of the 2011 Jerry Malloy Conference in Indianapolis, IN
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