Past Speakers

John Rosengren

John Rosengren Baseball and Civil RightsJohn Rosengren is an American writer and author. His articles, profiles, and essays have appeared in more than 100 publications. His six books include Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, which chronicles a season spent with a successful Minnesota high school hockey team, and Hammerin’ Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Year that Changed Baseball Forever, an account of the 1973 baseball season.

Rosengren is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Eric Davis and Miriam Ehrlich, Bases Empty

BASES EMPTY: The Decline of African-Americans in Baseball is a feature length documentary that takes a careful, insightful look at the declining participation of African-Americans in baseball. Although it focuses primarily on the lack of participation at the professional level, it takes a critical look at factors that contribute to the apparent lack of interest African-American boys, adolescents and young men have in the sport of baseball at the amateur levels.

This film and presentation also addresses the socio-economic issues African-American communities currently face due, in part, to the diminished presence of baseball in the Black community. Finally, BASES EMPTY looks at current efforts to revive interest in the African-American community of a recreational activity that once served as a source and cement of community stability, positive social engagement, institutional development and sense of community achievement.

Steven Riess

steven a riessSteven Riess is the author of Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (1980, rev. ed., 1999), City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920 (1995), and has edited several books including The Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Teams (2006) and Sports and the American Jew (1998).

Among the founding members of the North American Society for Sport History, he edited the Journal of Sport History from 1985 to 1992, and edits the series “Sports and Entertainment” for Syracuse University Press.

George Castle and Chicago Baseball Museum, Buck O’Neil and Black Baseball in Chicago

The Chicago Baseball Museum documentary, shot by filmmaker John Owens, offers a unique look at the early days of black baseball.

The film features O’Neil’s last known in-depth interview, which took place in Kansas City in 2004, two years before his death at 94 years of age. In the sitdown, he reminisces about Negro League baseball in the days of segregation as well as the Major Leagues in the early stage of integration.

That interview, along with recollections from former Negro Leaguers and Major League players touched by O’Neil, is the foundation of “Buck O’Neil and Black Baseball in Chicago.”

Raymond Doswell

Raymond Doswell Experience BaseballDr. Raymond Doswell, Ed.D., is Vice President of Curatorial Services at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City where he curates the Museum’s artifact collections, archives, photographs, books, and audio and video materials.

He also serves on Experience Baseball’s Board of Directors.