2013 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held June 13-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. The conference was open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages.

Click here to download the conference information packet. The conference theme was “Pop, Max, Effa and Black Ball in the Garden State.”

View photos of the conference below, courtesy of Marc Appleman, Nick Diunte, Leslie Heaphy and Suzanne Joblonski:

Essay Contest

SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee awarded two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors in its fifth annual essay contest in 2012-13: Emma Charlesworth-Seiler of Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Madison O’Shields of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. Click here to learn more about the winners. Students are asked to write a 1,000-word essay on one of the following topics: “What influence or impact did the Negro Leagues have on African American communities, past and present?” or “What is the legacy of Satchel Paige?”

Click here to learn more about the essay contest or click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines.

Library Grants

SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee awarded two $1,000 library grants for 2012-13 to Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey and Joseph L. Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor, Florida. Click here to learn more about the winners. School libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students about black baseball and American history. Click here to learn more about the school library grant opportunities or click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria and style guidelines. 

Art Contest

The winners of the fourth annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest were Amy Steverson, “Josh Gibson, Doubleheader” (Youth category); John Everett, “The Chicago American Giants” (Amateur category); and Kat Flyn, “Time to Turn the Page” (Professional category.) Click here to view images of the winning artwork. Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the Malloy Conference. The winning entry in the professional and amateur categories will receive a $400 prize and a certificate. The winning entry in the youth category will receive $200 and a certificate. For more information, visit Ben Blackburn’s website BaseballAsAmerica.net or contact Leslie Heaphy or Larry Lester.

One of our newest publications from the SABR Digital Library focuses on the end of an era in black baseball. Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, was inspired by the last Negro League World Series ever played and presents biographies of the players on the two contending teams in 1948 — the Birmingham Black Barons and the Homestead Grays — as well as the managers, the owners, and articles on the ballparks the teams called home.

Also included are articles that recap the season’s two East-West All-Star Games, the Negro National League and Negro American League playoff series, and the World Series itself. Additional context is provided in essays about the effects of Organized Baseball’s integration on the Negro Leagues, the exodus of Negro League players to Canada, and the signing away of top Negro League players, specifically Willie Mays.

Click here to learn more or download the e-book. SABR members can download the e-book edition for free or get 50% off the paperback edition.

Who was Jerry Malloy?

Click a link below for highlights from past Jerry Malloy Conferences: