Detroit, MI - 2014 - Presentations & Articles & Award Winners
Presentations: Click HERE for highlights from The Courier
Booker, Missy - Booker T. Washington: Baseball’s Quiet Ambassador
Brunson III, James - Black Style or Baseball Minstrelsy Reconsidered: Literary and Visual Representations, 1860 - 1889
Gillette, Gary - Unearth a Lost Diamond: Hamtramck Stadium, Lost & Found
Lindholm, Karl - William Clarence Matthews
Peterson, Todd - The Page Fence Giants: 1895 - 1898
Rushing, Lawrence - A Pretty Miserable Way to Make a Buck: The Mind-set of Jackie Robinson
Skornickel, George - The Greatest Manager in Negro League History: Vic Harris
Spivey, Donald - Satchel Paige in Pitching a New Perspective on the Black Renaissance & the Fight for Civil Rights
Steverson, Bryan - Motor City Meteor: When Speed Raced Through Detroit
Whirty, Ryan - William Binga: Blackball Stars a Branch in a Distinguished Family Tree
Wilkinson, Lizz - Statues of Limitations: Problematic Baseball Sculpture at Nationals Park
Lester, Larry - "Bruce (Buddy) Petway: A Bad Brother"
Steverson, Bryan - "Norman Thomas (Turkey) Stearnes: Tennessee's Best"
Special appearances by 1962 American League batting champion Alex Johnson, local historian and former player Orlin Jones, and Hank Aaron's first cousin, Bill Aaron.
Re-Dedication of Hamtramck Stadium by Gary Gillette, with several political figures and players in attendance.
The Norman "Turkey" Stearnes family presentation:
A very special presentation by Stearnes family set the bar especially high for future conferences. Everyone enjoyed Nettie, his 95-year widow, along with daughters Rosilyn and Joyce, grandsons Gary, Cary and Tony, and granddaughters Karen and basketball coach Vanessa, an English teacher at Bloomfield Hills High School, as they shared their moments about the future Hall of Fame slugger. Joyce sung "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," from the Phantom of the Opera. The lyrics reminded Joyce of special times with Dad and how much she misses him. Joyce also provided a PowerPoint presentation of vintage family photographs. The Stearnes family provided attendees with some unforgettable insights on one of black baseball's greatest dads.
$2,500 Scholarship Winners:
$1,000 Library Grants:
John Coates Next Generation Award
Tweeb Webb Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Peterson Recognition Award
Trivia Contest Winner:
Fay Vincent Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award: