Josh Gibson Foundation
Negro League Centennial Celebration Webinar Series
Schedule (All dates are Noon EST on Saturdays)
Pittsburgh PA, January 12, 2021 – As part of its continued efforts surrounding the Negro Leagues Centennial Anniversary, The Josh Gibson Foundation announced today that it will debut a series of webinars featuring local and national historians, authors and other industry professionals, to discuss various aspects of the Negro Leagues.
February 16, 2021
Topic: Josh Gibson Foundation Virtual Press Conference
February 20, 2021
Topic: “Old Negro” and “New Negro” Baseball: Albany, New York’s Young Bachelor Base Ball Club, 1866-1877
Speaker: James Brunson
Bio: James E. Brunson III is author of the three-volume work, Black Baseball, 1858-1900 (2019), and The Early Image of Black Baseball; Race and Representation in the Popular Press, 1871-1890 (2013).
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March 20, 2021
Topic: Judy Johnson: Negro League Exemplar
Speaker: Thomas E. Kern
Bio: Thomas E. Kern was born and raised in Southwest Pennsylvania. Listening to the mellifluous voices of Bob Prince and Jim Woods, how could one not become a lifelong Pirates fan? Tom has been a SABR member dating back to the mid-1980s and most recently has become committed to sharing the stories of Negro League greats, both through SABR’s Bio Project and in support of the work of the Josh Gibson Foundation.
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April 10, 2021
Topic: The Martins and the Red Sox for the Title
Speaker: Leslie Heaphy
Bio: Professor Heaphy is associate chair and associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark. She is an accomplished writer on Negro Leagues history including her important work The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960 and has held multiple leadership positions at the Society of American Baseball Research.
May 15, 2021
Topic: Angel in the Outfield: The Life and Legacy of Norman “Turkey” Stearnes
Speaker: Vanessa Ivy Rose
Bio: Vanessa Ivy Rose is the granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearnes. As she would say, “Standing upon his shoulders”, she is an educator, activist, basketball coach, creative, and storyteller.
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June 12, 2021
Topic: Kings of the Hill: Why the Negro Leagues Matter
Speaker: Rob Ruck
Bio: Professor Ruck teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in its Department of History and has written several important histories on Black baseball in Pittsburgh and baseball in the Dominican Republic.
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July 24, 2021
Topic: Oscar Charleston and the Rise of Josh Gibson
Speaker: Jeremy Beer
Bio: Jeremy is the author of 2019’s Casey Award and 2020’s Seymour Medal winning book of the year: “Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player”
August 21, 2021
Topic: The Career of Johnny Wright: The Forgotten Pioneer in the Integration of White Baseball in 1946
Speaker: Carlis Wright Robinson
Bio: Carlis Wright Robinson is the youngest child of NLB pitcher John ‘Needle Nose’ Wright. Mrs. Robinson worked in the Fort Bend Independent School District for twenty-one years until her retirement in June 2018. She has dedicated her time to researching her father’s career since that time.
Speaker: Fredrick Bush
Bio: Professor Bush teaches English at Wharton County Junior College’s satellite campus in Sugar Land and has written articles for numerous SABR books. He has co-edited three SABR books focused on the Negro Leagues and is currently at work on three additional volumes on great teams in NLB history
September 18, 2021
Topic: Ed Bolden and Cooperstown
Speaker: Courtney Smith
Bio: Courtney Michelle Smith is a Professor of History and Political Science at Cabrini University and a lifelong fan of Philadelphia's professional sports teams; she has written several books and articles on baseball in the twentieth century.
October 16, 2021
Topic: ‘Bazooka Blasts’ - Luke Easter
Speaker: Ike Brooks
Bio: Ike Brooks’ love for the Negro Leagues took form in the 1990s through the prism of Cleveland. Recently, he presented a series of webinars celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues sponsored by the Community Cup Classic Foundation and the Josh Gibson Foundation.
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November 13, 2021
Topic: Homers and Heroics: The 1935 Negro National League Championship Series between the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the New York Cubans 1935 Negro National League Playoff
Speaker: Rich Puerzer
Bio: Rich Puerzer is the Chairperson of the Engineering Department at Hofstra University and has published more than twenty scholarly articles on baseball history and culture, including several articles on Negro League history.
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December 11, 2021
Topic: To Be Announced
Speaker: Claire Smith
Bio: Claire Smith is an American sportswriter with a principal focus on the baseball beat, over her career she has worked for the Bucks County Courier Times, Hartford Courant, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN. In 2017, she was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award the highest honor given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.