CRANFORD – Dr. Lawrence Hogan, Senior History Professor at Union County College, and Robert Scott, former pitcher and first baseman for the New York Black Yankees of the Negro National League, will be the guest speakers for a Black History Month Program, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Negro League Baseball at Yankee Stadium, 1930-1948.”
The program will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 – 9:15 p.m. in Roy Smith Auditorium at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford.
Hogan, who holds a Ph.D. in American and African-American history from Indiana University, is the principal author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball.” This major work was published in association with the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Hogan’s presentation will be accompanied by an outstanding collection of Negro League memorabilia donated by the New York Yankees and excerpts from a video of the league’s historic first game played at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx on July 5, 1930.
Co-presenter Robert Scott, a long-time resident of Elizabeth, will discuss his Negro League baseball career which began in 1941 with his father’s team, the Macon Braves. In 1943, Scott moved on to the Macon Cardinals. Later he played with the New York Black Yankees as a pitcher and first baseman from 1946 to 1950.
A special exhibit featuring other prominent Union County residents who played in the Negro Leagues will be on display. The exhibit includes Joe Black of Plainfield, who pitched for the Baltimore Elite Giants from 1944-1952 before being called up to the Brooklyn Dodgers and winning Rookie of the Year honors; and Carl Dent of Elizabeth, a shortstop for the Indianapolis Clowns from 1950-1952 and an all-star with the Philadelphia Stars from 1952-1955.
This public history program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division in the Department of State.
The registration fee is $10. To register or to request a program brochure, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone 1-908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711. Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Assistive services are available on request.
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