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Hello, and happy Holidays! Please read on for Minnesota Black Baseball's most recent update:

High School Educators

One of my goals is to share the rich history that is included in my book, through our education venues.

The history contained is not recorded in other places and truly gives us another look at Minnesota history, the impact of denials, segregation and perseverance of African Americans.

Recently, I was included in a program for Teacher Education in a workshop at Target Field sponsored by the Minnesota History Center and Heidi Kloempken, “Learning History Through Baseball.”

The workshop included several presenters. Kristin Anderson, Professor of Art, University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Augsburg Library, shared information about Target Field - it provided a very unique perspective and look at the stadium through another lens.

Pattie Strukel, a teacher from Blue Earth, MN presented on “Literacy and Baseball' in which she used the book, They Played for the Love of the Game, and ways that it can be used in teaching Minnesota history through different lens, social studies, economics, math, human geography, etc.  I loved this presentation and in the near future plan on driving to Blue Earth to talk with her students.

This workshop reminded me that the book has been used at several high schools already with others lining up to use the book!

If you’re interested in using this book, my suggestion is to contact Heidi Kloempken, at the Minnesota History Center, who works with Teacher Education, or you can surely contact me through this web site.

Legends of the Road

Another recent opportunity to learn and share was at the Twin Cities Film Festival and it’s showing of the documentary, “Legends of the Road." This amazing story “should be seen by every high school teacher,” says Bob Kendrick, as it shares the story of some high school students from Seattle and their journey from Seattle to Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. You can see Bob Kendricks interview here.

What’s Up Next

I’m currently working on a “Baseball Reunion,” for a lack of a better name (at this time) to be held at Hallie Q Brown Community Center in St. Paul in February. This reunion is aimed at celebrating baseball by African American and Latino baseball players that played the great game of baseball in the Twin Cities.  The event will be open to anyone that has an interest in baseball and Black Baseball history in Minnesota. There will be some featured guests that have played Major League baseball and others. Look for more information in the near future!

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I’m also working with the Minnesota Twins for the 2018 season that will share some great Twins and local baseball player history, both Black and Latino players. Very exciting!

Over the next couple of months we’ll be adding information about Black Baseball in Minnesota that wasn’t included in the book but is another part of the story.  More players, more documentation and photos.

HOLIDAYS

If you’re looking for a gift for that sports fan, please consider the book, “They Played for the Love of the Game,” and/or the calendar “A Journey into 365 days of Black History.”  This calendar includes a great photo of the St. Paul Colored Gophers and a brief story of their team. You can find the links to gift these items here.

Peace and Love from the MBB Team.


Great job tonight Frank!  Wonderful crowd and terrific presentation.  Thanks
for teaching things some of us never knew!  You are the best.
— Dave Lee, WCCO Radio
A copy should be in every High School in the State.
— Doug Albertson, former teacher, player, and coach
Just finished reading your book Frank. Well done my friend!!! I highly recommend reading it and it would also be a great resource for all the high schools.
— Steve Lindgren, Richfield Chamber of Commerce
You did a fantastic job last night, Frank! Entertaining, informative, and inspiring —- certainly worthy of the standing ovation you received.
— Josh Leventhal, Editor, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Frank, you made last night special for me and my wife by being the caring and loving person you are. You showed us all how to love one another by how much you love and loved your father with this great addition to the library of the struggle on the baseball field and in society. You truly are one of a kind and I love that you include all of us in this history and not just one race. It is everyone’s legacy and we need to do better and improve the legacy as we continue to grow as people of all colors.
— Larry Gallagher, Minnesota baseball and basketball Official