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