The Frederick Douglass Memorial Park and the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project proudly invite the public to the Grave Marker Dedication of Baseball Hall of Famer King Solomon “Sol” White.
Join us at 12 p.m. on May 10, 2014 at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, 3201 Amboy Rd., Staten Island, NY. A pioneer in Negro Leagues baseball, White was a player, manager, owner and writer connected to baseball for more than six decades. SABR member John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball, said, “Sol White wasn’t just a sure-handed, line-drive-hitting infielder in black baseball of the nineteenth century; he was one of its founding fathers, and its historian.” Read his SABR biography here, written by Jay Hurd.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project is committed to identifying the graves of players and significant figures of Negro Leagues baseball. It was founded in 2004 by SABR member Jeremy Krock of Peoria, Illinois, and is supported by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee.
If a gravesite is discovered unmarked, the Project raises the necessary funds to place a grave marker on the player’s final resting place. To date, the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project has facilitated the placement of 30 grave markers throughout the United States. White is the second of three Hall of Famers who have had markers placed by the Project.
Join them, along with some very special guests, as they celebrate the life of one of the most important contributors to black baseball history. Like so many players from his era, White died penniless. For the last 60 years, he has rested in an unmarked grave. Celebrate the correction of that error on May 10 with stories by and about Sol White, as well as performances by local musicians and a reading of essays about the heroes of the Negro Leagues by students of Staten Island.
For more information, contact (347) 705-9596 or Freddougmemorialpark@gmail.com.
- Read the SABR biography of Sol White, written by Jay Hurd
- Click here to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project with a tax-deductible donation
- Join us for the 17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, August 14-16, 2014, in Detroit, MI
Originally published: April 28, 2014. Last Updated: April 28, 2014.