By PHIL S. DiXON
In celebration of Black History Month and the Negro Leagues Centennial, the Baseball Reliquary, the Institute for Baseball Studies, and the La Pintoresca Branch Library will present a very special program featuring author Phil S. Dixon, who has written extensively on African American baseball history and is widely regarded for his expertise on the subject.
On Saturday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m., at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, California, Phil S. Dixon will discuss the 1934 barnstorming tour of Dizzy and Daffy Dean.
After the Deans’ triumphant 1934 season, capped off by the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series, the brothers participated in a 14-game barnstorming tour in which they competed against Negro League teams: the Kansas City Monarchs, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Philadelphia Stars, and New York Black Yankees. Dixon’s presentation examines the tour’s social implications and how the media’s biased coverage of the tour downplayed the contributions of Negro League players such as Satchel Paige, Chet Brewer, Josh Gibson, and James “Cool Papa” Bell, and perpetuated racism in…
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