Save the date! 2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference to be held in Detroit

A historical marker was dedicated outside of Hamtramck Stadium near Detroit, Michigan, in 2014.Save the date! SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held on Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Registration and hotel information will be available at in early 2023.

Black baseball has a long history in Michigan, especially centered in the Motor City. Among the original entrants to the Negro National League in 1920 was Tenny Blount’s Detroit Stars, managed by Pete Hill and anchored by Big Bill Gatewood on the mound. The Detroit Wolves and Motor City Giants also played in Mack Park and Hamtramck Stadium. In addition to the well-known Turkey Stearnes, other star players included catcher Bruce Petway, the speedy Jimmie Lyons and the powerful Edgar Wesley.

The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and an annual art contest.

The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR’s original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history.

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Originally published: November 11, 2022. Last Updated: November 11, 2022.