SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards $2,500 scholarships in 2013 essay contest

SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee is pleased to award $2,500 scholarships to two high school seniors in its fifth annual national essay contest. 

Emma Charlesworth-Seiler of Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Madison O’Shields of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, were selected as this year’s winners. 

The contest was open to high school seniors and carrying a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the end of their junior year. Students had to write a 1,000-word essay answering one of the following questions: “What influence or impact did the Negro League have on African American communities, past and present?” or “What is the Legacy of Satchel Paige?” 

Charlesworth-Seiler plans to attend Hamlie University in St. Paul, Minnesota. O’Shields plans to major in English at the University of Texas. 

The students will be recognized at the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on June 13-15, 2013 at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. 

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference is the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination of black baseball history.

Originally published: April 26, 2013. Last Updated: April 22, 2020.