Geri Strecker and her students conducted original biographical, historical and statistical research on African Americans from Indiana who played professional baseball before and during the era of the Negro Leagues. Traveling thousands of miles to interview surviving Indianapolis Clowns players and leading Negro Leagues historians, as well as gather hundreds of historic photographs and vintage footage from archives around the nation, the team produced a documentary film profiling Indiana’s African American teams, players, and ballparks. The group also wrote a book of short biographical essays on Indiana players. The seminar’s community sponsors included the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research, the Indiana Historical Society, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Marion Public Library and the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park.
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