2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

2023 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Schedule

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference was held on July 20-23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Thursday, July 20

Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit

  • 9:00-11:30 a.m.: Educational forum conducted by Dr. Leslie Heaphy
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own

St. Regis Hotel 3071 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit

  • 12:15-4:15 p.m.: Conference Registration at St. Regis Hotel
  • 1:00 p.m.: Bus tour leaves St. Regis Hotel for Wright Museum of African American History and other Detroit baseball sites, including Meet & Greet Reception.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Second bus leaves St. Regis Hotel to Meet & Greet Reception (for those not on tour).

Hamtramck Stadium 3201 Dan St., Hamtramck

  • 4:45-6:45 p.m.: Meet & Greet Reception at Hamtramck Stadium
  • 6:45 p.m.: Bus leaves to return to St. Regis Hotel

Friday, July 21

Tiger Den at Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit

Entrance to Tiger Den is on Montcalm St. on the north side of the ballpark. Recommended QLine stop is Montcalm St.

(Registration at St. Regis Hotel begins at 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.)

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Welcome at Comerica Park
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Negro Leagues Family Panel
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m.: Courtesy Break
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m.: Featured Speaker from Detroit Tigers
  • 11:00-11:45 a.m.: Gary Gillette, “The Greatest Photo in Negro Leagues History”
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own

Detroit Opera House Chrysler Black Box Theatre, 6th Floor 1526 Broadway St., Detroit

  • 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Alex Painter, “Like Facing the ‘Devil’ Himself: The Fierce Playing Career of Bill Holland”
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Thomas Kern, “Andy Cooper”
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Mitch Lutzke, “Bud Fowler”
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Courtesy Break
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m.: Nick Di Natale, “Detroit Stars Uniforms”
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m.: Michael Marsh and Michael Pifer, “Wendell Smith”
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m.: 1930 Panel with Gary Gillette and Clem Hamilton
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m.: John Graf, “Satchel & Stearnes: A Meditation with Rare Video”
  • 5:00-6:10 p.m.: Walk to Comerica Park / Dinner on your own

Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit

  • 6:10 p.m.: Detroit Tigers vs. San Diego Padres game. Qline streetcar transportation back to the St. Regis Hotel is free. Take northbound train from ballpark to the Grand Boulevard stop.

Saturday, July 22

Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit (Registration at Detroit Historical Museum begins at 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.)

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Welcome at Detroit Historical Museum
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Jay Hurd, “Doc Kountze”
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Claudia Caplan Wolff, “Duality of a Black Man”
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Francis Harte, “Intersectionality of Negro League Baseball and the Civil Rights Movement, as told by a Review of our Historical Landmarks”
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Courtesy Break
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Negro Leagues and Civil Rights Panel with Lisa Alexander, Phil S. Dixon, David Goldberg, and Gary Gillette.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m.: Robert Fitzpatrick, “Octavius V. Catto: A Forgotten Leader of The First Civil Rights Movement”
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Sherman Jenkins, “Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X”
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Samantha Boelter, “Effa Manley”
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Courtesy Break
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m.: William H. Johnson, “C.I. Taylor”
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m.: Chris Hansen, “1905: Ogden, Utah”
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Clem Hamilton, “Achieving Racial Parity in Baseball’s Hall of Fame: A Scenario for Evaluation and Induction”
  • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Tyrone Brooks, MLB’s Diversity Pipeline Program
  • 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Trivia Contest preliminaries with moderator Ted Knorr
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Reception and cash bar
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Awards Banquet, plus silent/live auctions, Trivia Contest finals, and entertainment

Sunday, July 23

Optional Events

  • 2:00-5:00 p.m.: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs game. Transportation on your own. Please contact Leslie Heaphy or Gary Gillette with any questions on transportation.

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