PRESS RELEASE – The Whitecaps will welcome six former Negro League players and the former owner of the Detroit Stars to West Michigan on Wednesday, July 20, as we salute the African-American players who grew up playing America’s game, but were not allowed to play in the Major Leagues. The former players will be on hand to throw out a first pitch and sign autographs for fans in attendance! Continue reading
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PRESS RELEASE – Fans of the Charleston RiverDogs will get a glimpse of history when the club concludes Larry Doby Heritage Weekend on Sunday, June 12. The RiverDogs and Greenville Drive will step back in time as they don the throwback jerseys of the Newark Eagles and Homestand Grays, two historic Negro Leagues franchises. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The man they call “Lefty” once played under Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe. The man Buck O’Neil nicknamed “Baby” once challenged the great Satchel Paige in a showdown people still talk about. Continue reading
ESPN Page 2 columnist Paul Lukas recently visited Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson (NJ), the deteriorating former 10,000-seat home of the Negro Leagues’ New York Black Yankess and New York Cubans. Efforts have been underway for some time by a local preservation group to save the park, and there is hope. Citizens approved a Continue reading
Union County College in Cranford, NJ, will play host to a Black History Month program called “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Negro Leagues Baseball at Yankee Stadium 1930-1948.” One of the guest speakers will be Robert Scott, former pitcher and first baseman for the New York Black Yankees. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6:30-9:15 p.m. at the Roy Smith Auditorium. Read more here.
The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled the artwork for a stamp that will pay tribute to the Negro Leagues. The new stamp is expected to be available in June. It’s a great looking stamp and a must have for any collection. Read more here
Hinchliffe Stadium, the 77-year old Negro League ballpark in Paterson, NJ that has deteriorated and become a major eyesore over the years, may finally be saved. Earlier this month, 80 percent of voters in Paterson voted to support a non-binding referendum that authorizes the city to determine the ways and means of restoring the old park. The referendum also appropriated $15 million for the project. Construction could begin as early as 2011. Read more here.