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The Krock Watch

At 104, Emilio Navarro still at it!

Recently the Krock Watch project picked up some great momentum with a front-page New York Times article (June 30th) by Alan Schwarz focusing on Dr. Jeremy Krock’s efforts to install a headstone on the unmarked grave of pitcher Big Bill Gatewood at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, Missouri. Gatewood had been without a marker for almost 50 years.

Donations from several members are making this humanitarian effort possible. Headstones are costing from

American League of 1929.

In July, Experience Works, the United States’ largest nonprofit training center for older workers, named Emilio Navarro as America’s Outstanding Oldest Male Worker for 2010. Navarro, who still keeps the books and controls the finances at the game machine business he started, is believed to be the last surviving player from the Negro

$600 to $800 each.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, go to SABR’s Negro Leagues Restoration Headstone Program at this weblink: http://store.sabr.org/sabrstore.cfm?a=dnt

On August 14th, a new headstone was installed for Bobby Robinson at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. Joining Dr. Krock were Wayne Stivers, Chris and Tim Bohus, former player Al Spearman, Negro Leagues Café owner Don Curry, and several members of the Robinson family.

Efforts are underway to raise funds for a King Solomon White marker in the Frederick Douglas Memorial Cemetery at Staten Island, and also for Carroll “Dink” Mothell’s grave in Topeka, Kansas.

Also known as “Mellito,” he played for the Cuban Stars and the Stars of Cuba as a middle infielder from 1928 to 1929. Senor Navarro attended our Jerry Malloy Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1999. With a twinkle in his eyes, Mellito would often touch his toes on demand to show his flexibility. This month Navarro celebrates his 105th birthday. Send him a birthday card at Torres Street, #97, Ponce, PR 00730.

Artist Wins Research Grant

Todd Peterson, who grew up in Minneapolis and moved to Kansas City, Missouri about four years ago, is an active member of the Negro Leagues Committee and a regular presenter at the Malloy conference. He recently won his second Yoseloff-SABR research grant, one of 10 announced in July.

If you know of a Negro League veteran buried in an unmarked grave, please email information to Jeremy Krock at: jlkrock@comcast.net

For new developments and a list of players without headstones go to: http://www.larrylester42.com/the- krock-watch/

His first grant was used to chronicle early black baseball in his hometown, with special emphasis on the rivalry between the St. Paul Gophers and the Minneapolis Keystones, from the early 20th century. This research resulted in a book entitled, “Early Black Baseball in Minnesota.”

C.I. Taylor’s widow, Olivia Taylor, owner of the Indy ABC’s from 1922-1925, will be added to the list. She is buried in Indianapolis’s Crown Hill Cemetery.

Peterson’s new project endeavors to shed light on the results of Negro League playoff games in the early days, an under-researched area. Congratulations Todd!

The Courier, September, 2010 – a SABR publication – Page 7 of 10

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