2011 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
The 14th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held July 21-23, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The theme of the 2011 Malloy Conference was “Black Baseball in Indiana,” also 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, 2011, 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 placed a commemorative marker on 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.
In 2009, Strecker discovered photos at Carnegie Mellon University that revealed the location of Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh, home to the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays, powerhouse Negro Leagues clubs in the 1930s.