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My friends,

Autumn is here, marked by the falling leaves and the Fall Baseball Classic. For me, it will also be marked by an exciting event and panel discussion on November 17th at the Minneapolis Central Library where we will share more “untold stories” about Black Baseball in Minnesota. In addition, you'll hear inside stories from friends and family members of athletes that played here and in the Negro Leagues.

Here’s the panel:

  • Carl Rogan; Played at Minneapolis Central High School, All Conference player and is the Grandson of “Bullet” Joe Rogan HOF
  • Steve Winfield; Played at St. Paul Central High School, St. Paul Baseball HOF, Mancini’s HOF, etc. , Older brother of David M. Winfield HOF
  • Phil Brooks; Grandson of Will Brooks, Player & Manager of the Askin Marine Red Sox of Minneapolis, one of the “fastest teams,” of the 20’s
  • Peter Gorton; Promoter & Researcher of John Donaldson, one of the greatest pitchers of the Negro Leagues who also played in Minnesota for several teams.

This evening we will also be highlighting:

  • Three of Dr. Charles Crutchfield’s paintings – A must see! This art work is of Negro League players - unbelievable paintings. You’ll love them and want to see more! (Oh, by the way, Dr. Crutchfield is a relative of Jimmy Crutchfield of the Negro Leagues)
  • The first public showing of a 1908 Photo of the Minneapolis Keystone Tigers, one of the best teams of this era, the great rival of the St. Paul Colored Gophers. This showing is being made available by the owner of the photo.
  • Five panels from my exhibit, “They Played for the Love of the Game, Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball.”

The event LINK will take you to the Central Library’s web site. I suggest you register for a seat, as we’re going to pack the house with some wonderful stories I’m sure you’ll want to hear the stories.

Please share with others that you may think that would be interested in hearing more of the untold stories of our history and Black Baseball.

- Frank M. White and the MNBB team


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
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
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