Berry hosts Negro Leagues Baseball lecture Feb. 27 | Local


Larry Lester, co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will mark the centennial of organized black baseball with a public lecture at Berry on Thursday, Feb. 27, in McAllister Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m.

Part of Black History Month, the lecture, “Only the Ball was White,” will be followed by an open discussion. Admission is free and cultural events credit is available. Lester’s lecture is sponsored by Berry’s departments of Communication and History.

In addition to co-founding the museum and serving as its research director and treasurer, Lester has spearheaded the recovery of the statistical record of black baseball in America, a project funded and sanctioned by Major League Baseball. He is also chair of the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro League’s Committee, which organizes the annual Negro Leagues Baseball Conference in former Negro league cities throughout the Midwest.

An author of nearly a dozen books on black baseball, Lester has also contributed research to more than 200 publications. He also wrote the forewords to both books on the Negro leagues written by Dr. Brian Carroll, professor and…

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