Negro Leaguers meet with President Barack Obama on August 5

SABR members Larry Lester and Larry Hogan were among a group of Negro Leagues historians and players who attended a meet-and-greet with President Barack Obama on Monday, August 5 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

The event was led by organizer Andrea McCoy-Carty of the Judy Johnson Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Lester is the co-chair of SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee and the author or editor of many articles and books about the Negro Leagues, including: SABR’s The Negro Leagues Book; Black Baseball’s National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953; the Black Baseball series for Arcadia Publishing (Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit); Baseball’s First Colored World Series; and Rube Foster In His Time.    

The players invited include: Mrs. Leon Day, Minnie Forbes (owner), Mamie Johnson, Cliff Layton, Larry LeGrande, Carl Long, Minnie Minoso, James “Red” Moore, Jim Robinson, Bob Scott, Pedro Sierra, Mrs. Bert Simmons and Ron Teasley.

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Originally published: August 1, 2013. Last Updated: August 1, 2013.