At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Historical Society of Moorestown and the Moorestown Library are co-hosting, “The Rise and Fall of Baseball’s Negro Leagues,” a talk by Kean University history professor, Dr. Jonathan Mercantini. The place is the Moorestown Library, at 111 W. 2nd St., Moorestown NJ 08057.
Most people know that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball’s National League when Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. But it was Larry Doby, an African-American ballplayer from a Negro Leagues ball club in New Jersey that broke the color barrier in baseball’s American League.
This talk will trace the origins of segregated baseball, the development and growth of the Negro Leagues, and their eventual demise in the wake of baseball’s integration. Intertwined in Dr. Mercantini’s lecture is the story of the Newark Eagles, a Negro Leagues team that featured future Hall-of-Famer Doby as well as an enterprising baseball executive named Effa Manley, who became the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
All lectures that are part of the New Jersey History Speaks series are free and open to the general public. If you plan on attending this event, please contact the Library’s reference desk at (856) 234-0333 to register. This lecture is funded by the Elizabeth Tuttle Foundation.