The first day program will feature a discussion by Jerrold Casway, a retired history professor who specializes in 19th Century baseball, about the origins and contributions of Negro Leagues clubs, including the Pythians and the Giants. Sportswriter and author Gaylon H. White will discuss his book “Singles and Smiles,” about Artie Wilson, the Birmingham Black Barons star who was the last pro ballplayer to bat over .400 and was a mentor to Hall of Famer Willie Mays. White will be joined by Sydnei SmithJordan, the artist who has created many portraits of Black baseball stars. Her works have been collected by Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and Forest Whitaker, among others.
Follow the conference with an optional buffet dinner of “ballpark favorites” at historic Congress Hall.