2024 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

2024 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Schedule

SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held on June 6-9, 2024, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.


Thursday, June 6

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Welcome
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Education Forum conducted by Dr. Leslie Heaphy (Giamatti Research Center). Guest artist: Beth England.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 12:15-4:15 p.m.: Registration open (Hall of Fame Library Atrium)
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Dan Nathan, “The Negro League Renaissance: Prelude to a Conversation” (Grandstand Theater)
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Karl Lindholm, “The Many Fronts of Baseball’s Integration: 1946” (Grandstand Theater)
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Keith Crook, “The Surprising Race Consciousness of Jake Ruppert” (Grandstand Theater)
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Frank Harte, “Thriving During the Depression: The Shared History of Black Baseball and Jazz in Kansas City during the 1930s” (Grandstand Theater)
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Dinner on your own
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, with National Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch (Plaque Gallery)

Friday, June 7

Panels and presentations will be held in Grandstand Theater, National Baseball Hall of Fame. Registration at Hall of Fame Library Atrium begins at 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Welcome
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Centennial Panel: Phil S. Dixon, Tim Hagerty, Ted Knorr, moderator Eddie Bedford
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Clarence Gordon Jr., “Does Baseball Matter? An Examination of the Purported Decline in African American Participation in Baseball”
  • 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Alan Cohen, “Josh Gibson Blazes a Trail Through Big League Ballparks: 1930-1946”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Jon Volkmer, “Gandy Dancers vs. Hornets, Pick-up Game of the Century”
  • 12:00-1:15 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Bud Fowler Panel: Brian Sheehy, Alex Painter, moderator James Brunson III
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m.: Max Martinez Almenas, “Legacy at Play: The Martinez Brothers’ Imprint on Baseball History”
  • 3:00-3:15 p.m.: Break
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m.: JB Martin IV, “JB Martin and the Memphis Red Sox”
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m.: Mark Armour, “The Long Road to Induct Satchel Paige”
  • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Matt Jacob, “Downplaying Racism in 1938: How MLB Officials and Sportswriters Failed to Meet the Moment of Jake Powell’s Racial Slur”
  • 4:45-7:00 p.m.: Dinner on your own
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Evening Event at Templeton Hall: Philip Lee, author of Black Stats Matter, and a SABR panel on Negro League team status as Major League teams

Saturday, June 8

Panels and presentations will be held in Grandstand Theater, National Baseball Hall of Fame. Registration at Hall of Fame Library Atrium begins at 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Welcome
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Paul Julion, “Retire the Names, Install the Plaques, and Fly the Flags”
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Lisa Alexander, “Black Baseball in ‘A League of Their Own’ Series”
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Missy Booker, “You Don’t Have to Cry for Satchel Paige Today”
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Voices of Black Baseball Exhibit: Tom Shieber, Leslie Heaphy, moderator Cassidy Lent
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Rich Puerzer, “The Laughlin Negro League Baseball Card Sets”
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m.: Steven Greenes, “Negro League Baseball Cards and Memorabilia as a Roadmap to History”
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m.: Break
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m.: Gary Gillette, “Midsummer Showcases in Black and White: Comparing East-West Games”
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m.: Larry McGill, “Piecing Together the 1920 Kansas City Monarchs Season Using Newspapers.com”
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Robert Fitzpatrick, “The 1929 Baltimore Black Sox”
  • 4:15-5:00 p.m.: Significa Contest preliminaries

Farmers’ Museum (5775 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326)

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Reception and cash bar
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Awards Banquet, plus silent/live auctions, Significa Contest finals, and entertainment

Sunday, June 9

Optional Events

  • Carpooling to visit Bud Fowler’s grave in Frankfort, Frank Wickware’s grave in Schenectady, William “Buck” Ewing’s grave, Island Park Stadium historical marker in Schenectady, followed by a meal in Schenectady.

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