Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series

2021 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference made its virtual return as part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series on July 23-25, 2021. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, 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 an annual art contest. Click on a link below to learn more.

For questions, email Larry Lester at NTResearch@comcast.net or Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.


Video Highlights

Click on a date below to watch the replay of each day’s session.

Friday, July 23
7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference makes its virtual return in 2021 as part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.

  • Watch: Click here to watch the replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule:
    — 7:00-7:15 p.m.: Introduction by Larry Lester, SABR Negro Leagues Committee
    — 7:15-7:45 p.m.: James Brunson, “Blues People: Music, Style, and Black Baseball, 1865-1910”
    — 7:45-8:15 p.m.: Mark Aubrey, “The 1920 Knoxville Giants”
    — 8:30-9:00 p.m.: Todd Peterson, “The Negro Leagues vs. Major Leagues”
    — 9:00-9:30 p.m.: Emily Rutter, “Baseball and Beloved Community in the Memoirs and Poetry of E. Ethelbert Miller”

Saturday, July 24
11:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. EDT

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference makes its virtual return in 2021 as part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.

  • Watch: Click here to watch the replay of the morning/afternoon session on YouTube or click here to watch the Black Baseball Before 1920 panel discussion
  • Schedule:
    11:00-11:15 a.m.: Introduction by Michelle Freeman, Leon Day Foundation
    — 11:15-11:45 a.m.: Eric Chalek, “Leveling the Playing Field: Combining Negro Leagues Research and Sabermetric Analysis to Expand Our View of Negro Leagues Players”
    — 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Rich Puerzer, “Big League Baseball in a Small Town: The Negro Leagues Visit Metuchen, New Jersey”
    — 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Katie Krall, “Celebration and Discrimination: Rube Foster and the Chicago American Giants”
    — 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Milbert Brown, “The Colorful Life of Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a Negro League Legend”
    — 2:00-2:15 p.m.: Introduction by Lisa Alexander
    — 2:15-2:45 p.m.: Bill Plott, “Anecdotal Highlights of Black Barons History”
    — 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Steve Dittmore, “The Economic Market for Junior Gilliam in 1950”
    — 3:15-3:45 p.m.: Leslie Heaphy, “The Martins and the Red Sox”
    — 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Harriet Hamilton-Kimbro, “Honoring of Negro Baseball Leaguers Who Called Nashville Home”

— 6:15-7:30 p.m.: Black Baseball Before 1920, with panelists James Brunson III, Todd Peterson, John Thorn, and moderator Larry Lester

Sunday, July 25
1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference makes its virtual return in 2021 as part of the Summer of SABR: Golden Celebration Series. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.

  • Watch: Click here to watch the replay of this session on YouTube
  • Schedule:
    — 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Introduction by Larry Lester
    — 1:45-2:15 p.m.: Rodney Page, “Allen Page: An Unsung Portrait”
    — 2:15-2:45 p.m.: James Forr, “Thomas Hayes, Owner of the Birmingham Black Barons”
    — 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Jeb Stewart, “Birmingham’s Baseball Legend: Lorenzo “Piper” Davis”
    — 3:15-3:30 p.m.: Concluding Remarks by Larry Lester

From Rube to Robinson: SABR’s Best Articles on Black Baseball

One of our newest publications from the SABR Digital Library brings together the best Negro League baseball scholarship that SABR has ever produced, pulled from its journals, Biography Project, and award-winning essays. The book includes a star-studded list of scholars and historians, from the late Jerry Malloy and Jules Tygiel, to award winners Larry Lester, Geri Strecker, and Jeremy Beer, and a host of other talented writers. The essays cover topics ranging over nearly a century, from 1866 and the earliest known Black baseball championship, to 1962 and the end of the Negro American League. 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.

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