Our art winners were Phillip Dewey for his piece on “Hilton Smith” and Todd Peterson for his artistic rendering entitled, “Nor Favor to the Men of Skill.”
Another Malloy conference initiative is to raise funds to purchase headstones for unmarked graves of Negro League veterans. Last year we purchased three headstones in Pittsburgh and this year a headstone for James “Sap” Ivory. His widow Wessie Ivory accepted our donation for installation of a headstone later this year in Birmingham’s Elmwood Cemetery. “He'd realize that people do care," Mrs.
Ivory said. "It means a lot."
More information about our headstone restoration program can be found in this newsletter.
Research Needs at SABR #40
Twenty-one SABR members attended the Negro Leagues Committee meeting at the Sheraton in Atlanta on August 6th. Several members requested help in some areas. Paul Wendt is researching the 1901-1903 Columbia Giants; John Schleppi (author of the excellent book Chicago’s Showcase of Basketball: The World Tournament of Professional and the College All- Star Game) is looking for information on the Dayton Marcos. Blake Sherry is researching the Grays and Crawfords of Pittsburgh, David Knox the Birmingham Black Barons, and Rick Swaine (author of extensively researched The Integration of Major League Baseball and The Black Stars Who Made Baseball Whole) continues his work on transitional black athletes. Bill Williamson is working on the California Winter Leagues, while Kevin Johnson is tackling the St. Louis Stars teams. Ron Adams is interested in the career of outfielder Jimmy “Seabiscuit” Wilkes and his days with the Newark Eagles. And Tampa Bay Ray season-ticket holder Bill Dunstone’s baseball library has surpassed the 14,000 mark. The devilish Dunstone recently attended his 1,000th Rays game and was honored by the team’s owner.
This year’s grand winner was Gary Mitchem from McFarland & Company Publishers, who captured the coveted FAY VINCENT MOST VALUABLE PARTNER (MVP) AWARD. Mitchem summed up the conference best, “It’s hard to imagine a group any friendlier or more welcoming than the folks at the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference. And surely no area of baseball research has more to say about our cultural history.”
At the meeting Dr. Geri Strecker from Ball State University gave a PowerPoint presentation highlighting next year’s Malloy Conference in Indianapolis. The theme “Black Baseball in Indiana” was well received as the conference will focus on the Indianapolis ABC’s, the Clowns, Oscar Charleston, C.I. Taylor, Washington Park, West Baden Sprudels and the French Lick Plutos. The meeting ended with Barry Mednick providing a pop quiz to win free copies of previous Malloy Conference booklets and copies of the highly acclaimed Black Ball Journal.
Thomas Tuttle salivated, “I thought the closing evening festivities, including a first-rate southern style barbeque dinner, several former players, great musical entertainment and a marvelous auction event were as good as it gets. Nice job by all and I hope the kitchen staff at the hotel received “Big Ups” for that performance.”
The Malloy Leadership Team is extremely thankful for the extraordinary efforts by Dr. Pijeaux, Ms. Toni Green, National Sales Manager of the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitor Bureau, and Mrs. Angela Fisher Hall of the Birmingham Public Library for making the biggest and best black baseball conference in America the best ever.
Geri Strecker received the McFarland-SABR Research Award for her article “The Rise and Fall of Greenlee Field: Biography of a Ballpark,” which appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Black Ball. Featuring the photographs Geri discovered in the Carnegie Mellon University architecture archives, the article is a fuller version of
what she presented at the 2009 Malloy Conference & SABR 39 in Wash., DC.