Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A look back in time

For those interested in the history of baseball, and somewhere in the vicinity of New York, this is right up your alley. It's the African-American Baseball Experience On Exhibit At New York Public Library

This isn't really about baseball over here, but still worth a look. It's something from what is mostly an unknown part of baseball. Lots of people will wear the retro jerseys, and talk about how Buck O'Neil should be in the Hall of Fame (yeah, me), but most of us really don't know the history of this aspect of baseball.

The New York Public Library has a new exhibit on display starting today (and running through March 6th. Titled Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, it will open tonight at the Countee Cullen Branch on 136th Street with a feature screening of documentary Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson, as well as a discussion with former Negro Leaguer Robert Scott.

The exhibit itself features photographs of teams and players, and original documents and artifacts from the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and other institutions across the U.S., all in hopes of shining some light on “the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era.”
This should be a good exhibit. I wish I could make it. I've been to the Negro League Baseball Museum, and it's well worth the visit for true baseball fans. If anyone makes it, let me know how it was.

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