Thu, Sep 30

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AALV, O.N.E. Community Center

The Negro League: Black Baseball in the Shadow of America's Favorite Pastime

VICII will host a discussion with Tom Simon, Burlington Attorney, Baseball Historian, Member of the Society For Baseball Research and Ultimate Baseball Fan and Bill "Spaceman" Lee, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, and the Montreal Expos, and the current pitcher for the Burlington Cardinals.

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The Negro League: Black Baseball in the Shadow of America's Favorite Pastime

Time & Location

Sep 30, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

AALV, O.N.E. Community Center, 20 Allen St, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

About The Event

America's Favorite Pastime from its beginnings in the 1840's has reflected the contradictions of our country. The all-American sport was deeply racist and segregated with Black players kept out of all white teams until 1946 when Jackie Robinson was hired by the Montreal Royals.

Black players, along with Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, played on their own teams and in the Negro League until 1959 when white owners of white teams wised- up and saw the stunning athletic abilities of the Black and Latin players. Because the owners wanted to win and because some of them saw the moral contradiction of making baseball the all-American sport yet excluding many Americans based on the color of their skin, baseball finally became imtegrated. With the courage of Jackie Robinson and the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson was hired by Rickey for the Brooklyn team.

This is the story of the Negro Leagues which were comprised of professional baseball teams of Black Americans and Latin Americans from the 1920's to the 1950's. Join the Vermont Institute of Community and International Involvement on September 30, 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm as Tom Simon and Bill Lee educate us on these moments in the history on this most American of sports.

The presentation will hopefully be a hybrid of an in- person evening from 6-7:30 pm at the Association of Africans at 20 Allen Street in Burlington, Vermont (the Old North End Community Center, formerly the St Joseph School), 3rd floor and also a Zoom presentation.

For more info please call Sandy Baird at 802-355-4968 or sandrabaird114@gmail.com

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