14th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
July 21-24, 2011
The JW Marriott
“Black Baseball in Indiana”
Black baseball has deep roots in Indiana. During the late 1800s, African American players were emerging from communities across the state. After the turn of the century, some businesses began forming semi-professional teams. The most notable of these were the West Baden Sprudels, French Lick Plutos, and original Indianapolis ABCs. In 1914, C. I. Taylor took the Sprudels to Indianapolis and transformed the ABCs into a fully professional team. Taylor was then instrumental in forming the Negro National League, which played its first game in 1920 at Washington Park. Through the history of the Negro Leagues, Indianapolis hosted other teams, including the Crawfords (1940) and the Clowns (1942-1962). Among all its sports legends, Indiana’s greatest athlete was Oscar Charleston, who was born in Indianapolis in 1896, played for the ABCs, and managed the 1940 Crawfords and 1954 Clowns.
The 14th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate Indiana’s rich baseball history. In addition to two days of research presentations and player panels, attendees will also enjoy a public screening of a new documentary film, the dedication of a new state historical marker at Washington Park, and a Negro Leagues tribute game with the Indianapolis Indians (triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). On Sunday, attendees can participate in services at Bethel A.M.E. Church (where C.I. Taylor’s funeral was held) and a grave marker installation for Olivia Taylor, who owned the ABCs after her husband passed away. At the end of the conference, we will also offer an optional overnight trip to the West Baden Springs Hotel, which has been fully restored to the way it was when C. I. Taylor’s Sprudels played there. Several MLB teams also trained at West Baden during the early 1900s.
Presentation Proposals: due March 18th, 2011
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars.
Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, black baseball in the Midwest, or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities: Indiana teams and players (including town clubs, early semi-pro teams, and professional teams), Indianapolis involvement in the first and second formations of the Negro National League, Indiana ballparks, Indianapolis Freeman sports writing, baseball as part of Indianapolis’s black community, the KKK’s influence on baseball, barnstorming, or anything else that captures your interest.
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information.
For oral presentations, please indicate whether you will require any AV equipment.
For poster presentations, please indicate the number and size of posters you wish to display.
Please email your proposal as a Word or RTF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, send it via traditional mail to Geri Strecker, Dept. of English, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.
Notifications will go out by Jackie Robinson Day—April 15.
For further conference registration: http://www.larrylester42.com/jerry-malloy-negro-leagues-conference/
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0460 Email: email@example.com
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