Etching Negro Leagues Names in Stone

From John Owens at the Chicago Tribune on July 25, with mention of SABR members Jeremy Krock and Larry Lester:

[Jeremy] Krock never had the chance to meet these men, who had one thing in common — they were great baseball players in the Negro Leagues, where African-Americans were relegated before Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier in 1947.

Though these men have few, if any, known survivors, their legacy is remembered by Krock, who has been instrumental in providing headstones for Negro Leagues luminaries buried in unmarked plots.

Eight years after Krock launched the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, headstones have been added for 22 players. Fourteen are in the Chicago area, including 12 at Burr Oak.

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Originally published: July 25, 2011. Last Updated: July 25, 2011.