Union County College Professor To Speak About The History Of Black Baseball In Staten Island

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Union County College Senior Professor of History, Dr. Lawrence Hogan, will be leading a talk at the opening of an exhibit about the history of Black Baseball at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. in Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, New York. The exhibit was originally created for the opening of the new Yankee Stadium.

On July 5, 1930, at America’s most historic sports venue, the first Negro League baseball game was played in “the house that Ruth built,” ushering in a new era in American professional sports. From that day until the early 1960s, Yankee Stadium hosted the greats of Negro League baseball, with the NY Black Yankees of the Negro National League using the stadium as their home field. Three Staten Island residents, Sonny Logan, Julie Bowers and Glemby Mosley, played for the Black Yankees. Staten Island also hosted Negro League games.

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Hogan, author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball” (National Geographic, 2006), will be joined by former Negro League baseball players Robert Scott, of the NY Black Yankees, and Jim Robinson, of the Kansas City Monarchs, to share tales about play that was second to none in the history of our national pastime.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served in the Historic Richmond Town Courthouse prior to the event. After the presentation, a special African-American History Tour of Historic Richmond Town will be offered and attendees are also encouraged to see the exhibition “The Negro Leagues in New York and Staten Island,” which will open on June 12 in the Historical Museum. Regular museum admission is required to take the tour and to visit the exhibition.

The presentation and exhibition are made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and the support of Historic Richmond Town and si350. Historic Richmond Town is located at 441 Clarke Avenue in Staten Island, New York.


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