2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
The 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held August 14-16, 2014, at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown (333 E. Jefferson Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. The conference was open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.
Click here to download the conference information packet (PDF). The conference theme was “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 celebrated this rich baseball history with two days of research presentations and player/author panels, special presentations about local parks, including a historical marker dedication ceremony at Hamtramck Stadium, as well as a Tigers game against the Seattle Mariners.
Special guests included Mrs. Nettie Stearnes, the widow of Turkey Stearnes, her daughters, Rosilyn and Joyce, and their family. Former Negro League players in attendance included Walt Owens (1953-55); Ron “Schoolboy” Teasley (1945, ’48); Ernie “Cokey” Nimmons (1952); Pedro Sierra (1954-58); and Mrs. Minnie Forbes (Detroit Stars owner).
The conference featured an Authors’ Panel with Lisa Doris Alexander, Adrian Burgos Jr., Joel Nathan Rosen, Roberta J. Newman, and Donald Spivey. Presentations were made by Missy Booker, James Brunson III, Gary Gillette, Karl Lindholm, Lawrence Rushing, George Skornickel, Donald Spivey, Bryan Steverson, and Lizz Wilkinson.
Awards were presented to Louis A. Manley Jr. (Fay Vincent Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award), Missy Reyes Tyer and Lisa Doris Alexander (John Coates Next Generation Award), Lucky Smith and Bryan Steverson (Tweeb Webb Lifetime Achievement Award), Joel Nathan Rosen and Roberta J. Newman (Robert Peterson Recognition Award). The trivia contest was won by Rod Nelson of Detroit, Michigan.
View photos from the 2014 Malloy Conference below, courtesy of John Wakelin, Courtney Smith, and James Brunson: