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Josh Gibson Foundation

Negro Leagues Webinar Series Part 2

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.


January 15th, 2022
Title: The Greatest Outfielders of the Negro Leagues

Speaker: Ted Knorr

Bio: Ted founded the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference and hosted it four times in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; he also founded annual Negro League celebrations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, Pennsylvania.
Register in advance for 1/15/22 webinar

February 19th, 2022
Title: Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game

Speaker: Larry Lester

Bio: Larry Lester, author of multiple books on the Negro Leagues, was co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, serving for a time as its Research Director and Treasurer. He partnered with the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, from 2000 to 2004, co-chairing a comprehensive study of African American baseball from the Civil War through the mid-fifties.  In 2006, he served on the Special Negro Leagues Committee for the Hall, selecting 17 new Negro League players, executives, and managers
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March 26th, 2022
Title: Josh Gibson: A Closer Look at the Home/Road Numbers and a Few Individual Performances

Speaker: Sean Gibson and Thomas Kern

Bio: Sean Gibson  is  the  greatgrandson of Baseball Hall of Fame legend Josh Gibson. Sean has dedicated his life to the preservation of Josh’s legacy and is them Executive Director of the Josh Gibson  Foundation, a Pittsburgh area nonprofit organization

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.

Register in advance for 3/26/22 webinar


April 23rd, 2022
Title: Josh Gibson in Puerto Rico

Speaker: Jorge Colón-Delgado

Bio: Jorge Colón-Delgado. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, he has been researching the history of baseball in Puerto Rico for the past two decades. In 2003, he was appointed Official Historian of the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League.  Author of seven books and one short film, he is Editor of and
Register in advance for 4/23/22 webinar

May 21st, 2022
Title: 1926 Negro League World Series: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants versus Chicago American Giants

Speaker: Dominick Denaro 

Bio: Dominick Denaro won the Trivia Contest at the 2004 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Cleveland becoming the only person to beat the late great Dick Clark at the final table. He is the author of A Centennial Field Scrapbook and co-author of the Eastern Colored League APBA card set and accompanying monograph. In his other life, he is an expert and collector of 1964-65 New York World's Fair trivia and ephemera.
Register in advance for 5/21/22 webinar

June 11th, 2022
Title: John 'Buck' O'Neil as I knew him

Speaker: Phil Dixon

Bio: Phil S. Dixon has covered African-American baseball topics for more than thirty-five years. He has written numerous books on baseball and is widely regarded for his expertise on baseball history and research. He won the prestigious Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1992 and later received a SABR MacMillan Award for his excellence as a researcher. Dixon is an international speaker and co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City where he served as the museum's first Public Relations officer. Dixon formerly worked in the Public Relations office of the Kansas City Royals

Register in advance for 6/11/22 webinar

July 23, 2022
Title: Black baseball and the Wider Community

Speaker: Roberta Newman

Bio: Roberta J. Newman is a Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, whose work focuses on the intersections of baseball and popular culture. She is co-author of Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar (2014), and author of Here's the Pitch: The Amazing, True, New, and Improved Story of Baseball and Advertising (2019).

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September 17th, 2022
Title: Gentle Black Giants

Speaker: Bill Staples, Jr.

Bio: Bill Staples, Jr. is an award-winning historian and author with a passion for researching and telling the untold stories of the “international pastime.” His areas of expertise include Japanese American and Negro Leagues baseball history as a context for exploring the themes of civil rights, cross-cultural relations, and globalization. Learn more about his work at

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October 22nd, 2022
Title: Negro League Statistics: Myths, Mysteries, Misconceptions

Speaker: Gary Ashwill

Bio: Gary Ashwill is the co-founder and lead researcher for the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database and writes the blog Agate Type: Reconstructing Negro League and Latin American Baseball History ( In 2021 he was a recipient of the Henry Chadwick Award from the Society for American Baseball Research
Register in advance for 10/22/22 webinar

November 19th, 2022
Title: Before Jackie Robinson: Baseball’s Civil Rights Movement

Speaker: Peter Dreier

Bio: Peter Dreier is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in journalism and sociology from Syracuse. His baseball writings include the SABR biography of Joe Black, who was Dreier’s baseball coach in Plainfield, N.J. in the 1960s. Coauthored with Robert Elias he has recently Published Baseball Rebels: The Players, People and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America, and Major League Rebels: Baseball Battles Over Workers’ Rights and American Empire.

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December 17th, 2022
Title: The Life of Posey

Speaker: Jim Overmyer

Bio: James Overmyer is a baseball history author specializing in the Negro leagues. His current books are a new edition of Queen of the Negro Leagues, a biography of Effa Manley, the only woman member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays, one of only two people in two American professional sports halls of fame. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and belongs to its Negro Leagues, Nineteen Century, Deadball, and Business of Baseball committees. He was a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2006 special committee that voted to induct seventeen persons from the Negro leagues and the black baseball period before the leagues were formed as members of the Hall. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Register in advance for 12/17/22 webinar

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