Tag: Baseball

David Jackson’s Legacy of Love

By Michael June 27, 2022 2

Built One Dollar at a Time

One day during the summer of 2017, I drove to the Georgia State University Baseball Complex. A friend had told me about Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP), an enormously popular baseball tournament serving primarily Black high school baseball players that had been in existence since the turn of the century. Teams traveled from Virginia, Florida, Texas, Chicago, California, and Detroit to showcase their skills to primarily black college baseball recruiters. read more

Morehouse Wins First Game of Weekend Series Against Tuskegee 

By Michael February 20, 2022 Off

Braves World Series Trophy Tour to Highlight Sunday’s Double Hitter

The Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College won their first game since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down baseball at the premiere all-male HBCU on Saturday, defeating Tuskegee University 8–4.

Saturday’s game was the prelude for a weekend series that will feature a display of the Atlanta Braves 2021 World Series Trophy before the start of the double hitter on Sunday. Morehouse Coach Antonio Grissom expects the Braves trophy tour to bring over 2000 fans out to see the World Series trophy and the Morehouse-Tuskegee clash on the diamond. read more

Jackie Robinson Marker Finds a New Home

By Michael January 28, 2022 Off

Marker in Robinson’s Georgia Hometown Damaged by Vandals

Like fellow Georgian, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson was a peacemaker. Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, on January 31, 1919, nearly 13 months before Andrew Foster organized the United States Baseball League, a league for Negro players, designed to compete with the White major league for the heart of baseball fans in America. The organizational meeting took place at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. read more

A Life-Long Dream Manifesting for Two Black College Baseball Coaches

By Michael January 20, 2022 Off

Marcus Smith and James Cooper Stepping into Their Dreams

Growing up in College Park, Georgia, Marcus Smith enjoyed playing baseball. It was a sport he excelled in, playing out of Old National Park from age six to fourteen. He earned an athletic scholarship to Albany State University, his mom’s alma mater. Like anyone who has ever played baseball as a kid, the thoughts of a professional career floated through Smith’s head. read more

MVP Baseball Showcase Back With Scouts and College Coaches

By Michael July 18, 2021 Off

15th Annual Event Brings Out Black Baseball Moms In Support of Their Sons

On this mid-July weekend, a beautiful ocean blue sky with a couple of white puffy clouds, painted, perhaps by the almighty, a fleeting summer breeze cooled the sun’s rays that beamed down on Black teenage baseball players showcasing their talent in the 15th annual Mentoring Viable Prospects (MVP) tournament. read more

New Books Coming From Cascade Publishing House

By Michael May 10, 2021 Off

Greg “Goody” Goodwin and Tim Goodrum Pen Books on Baseball and Life

Cascade Publishing House is excited to announce it has reached terms with two first-time authors, Greg “Goody” Goodwin and Tim Goodrum. Both books have a baseball thread and will be among Cascade’s summer releases.

Greg Goodwin, known as “Goody,” by his friends, is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a descendant of J. H. Goodwin, who survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. read more

My Tribute to a Great Hitter and Even Better Teammate

By Michael March 17, 2021 Off

Lorenzo “Lo” Ogden Now Playing First Base With the Heavenly Host

When Lorenzo Ogden stepped on the Tuskegee Institute campus in1968, he was a tall, skinny kid off the sandlots of Birmingham, Alabama. He spent his summer days playing baseball during the week, but on Sundays, you could find him at old Rickwood Field watching the Birmingham Black Barons play the best competition in the Negro Leagues. read more

A Historic Face Lift For Black College Baseball

By Michael February 28, 2021 Off

Tuskegee University Returns Home Games to Campus

Many of the happiest days of my life are moments spent on a baseball diamond. Mostly sandlots: sometimes cow pastures turned into a ball field for Sunday baseball outings, some with meticulously kept lawns, and some in the oldest minor league ballpark in America, Luther Williams Field, in Macon, Georgia. read more

Showcasing Black Baseball Talent Amid a Pandemic

By Michael October 7, 2020 Off

There is a myth that Black youngsters are not playing baseball these days. If you look at Major League Baseball (MLB) rosters and most Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), it is easy to come away with that impression. Around eight percent of professional baseball players are Black Americans. This number is down from approximately 30 percent in the late 1970s, thirty years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier that kept Black baseball players off major league rosters. read more

During the Negro Leagues Centennial, a New Book Focuses on Bob Kendrick’s Storytelling

By Michael August 24, 2020 Off

by Douglas Malan 

Editors Note…

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Negro Leagues Baseball.  During its heyday, teams were often made up of ballplayers who previously played at historically black colleges and universities.  Negro League teams were the only opportunities for African-American college ballplayers to continue playing the game.  In his recently published book entitled “The Duke of 18th & Vine”, Black College Nines’ contributing writer Harold Michael Harvey references that relationship between the two entities and delves into the man who leads the Negro National Museum and his storytelling.  Below is our Douglas Malan’s interview with Mr. Harvey. read more