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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Negro League traveling exhibit coming to Aurora

AURORA | Baseball history buffs will get a treat Aug. 10-Sept. 23, as a traveling panel exhibition focusing on the history of baseball's Negro leagues will be housed at the Aurora Public Library and the Aurora History Museum.

Based on the permanent display on the Negro league as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" — a product of the American Library Association — is focused on the trials and tribulations of African-American baseball players in the late 19th century as they played the game they loved in their own professional leagues before Major League Baseball allowed them in.

A main focus of the exhibit is Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier when Branch Rickey signed him to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Other notable Negro league stars featured include Satchel Paige, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Josh Gibson and others.

Admission to the exhibit, which is scheduled to make 51 appearances across the country, is free and there are a variety of book discussions and related events scheduled for the exhibit's entire stay. Memorabilia from Denver-based Jay Sanford and John Kohl collections is also scheduled to be a part.


RELATED PROGRAMS TO "PRIDE AND PASSION"

  • Aug. 14, 2 p.m.: "Pride and Passion Kick-off Event" featuring baseball historian and collector Jay Sanford his program "African-American Baseball"
  • Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.: Discussion of "Veracruz Blues," a book by Mark Winegardner.
  • Aug. 24, 2 p.m.: "America's Pasttime: Baseball," presented by Active Minds at the Aurora Central Library. pre-registration is required (303-739-6626).
  • Aug. 28, 2 p.m.: "Kids Baseball Day." Kids can dress up as vintage baseball players, go on a scavenger hunt and win a prize.
  • Sept. 6, 1 p.m.: Discussion of "Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball," a book by Scott Simon.
  • Sept. 7, 10 a.m.: Children's story time
  • Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: Discussion of "The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America," a book by Joe Posnanski at the Aurora Central Library.
  • Sept. 18, 2 p.m.: "Meet Mack the Knife," featuring stories from Mack "The Knife" Pride Jr., a Negro League pitcher with the Memphis Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs (1955-1956).

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