Call for papers: 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

 Baseball has a long and storied history in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The stories can be traced back to the 1860s and continue all the way to present day with efforts to find and preserve all the history.

The 20th annual SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, scheduled for July 27-30, 2017 in Harrisburg, 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 black baseball and a baseball game with the Harrisburg Senators.

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, “Black Baseball in Harrisburg,” or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: the 1920s Harrisburg Giants, Spottswood Poles, Rap Dixon, the 1954 Harrisburg Giants, Monrovian Club of 1867, 1903 Colored World Series, and so 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 Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at before March 27, 2017. Or send via traditional mail to Leslie Heaphy at: KSU at Stark, 6000 Frank Rd, North Canton, OH 44720

Questions can be directed to Dr. Ray Janifer ( or Dr. Leslie Heaphy ( Notifications will go out by April 17.

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Originally published: January 11, 2017. Last Updated: January 11, 2017.