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Little League Museum Leads Off Speakers Series with Discussion on Negro Leagues

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 17, 2004) – The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum began a speakers series tonight with a presentation of “The Negro Leagues: The Story of Black Baseball.”

Dr. Stanton Green
Dr. Stanton Green

Dr. Stanton Green, anthropologist and dean of arts and sciences at Clarion University in Erie, Pa., presented the program in the lobby of the museum, located at Little League International Baseball and Softball. There was no admission charged, and refreshments were provided.

The program focused on the Negro Leagues’ impact on baseball and American culture. From 1920 through the 1950s, the Negro Leagues provided some of the most exciting games and players, including Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell. Some of the Negro League teams also played games at Williamsport’s Bowman Field.

“We’re proud that such a well-known authority on baseball was our first speaker,” said Michael Miller, curator of the Little League Museum. “We intend to invite several other speakers throughout the coming year to speak about baseball’s rich history and how it has affected American life, as well as its impact on North-Central Pennsylvania.”

Dr. Green has studied baseball and American Society since 1994. He has presented numerous papers at conferences throughout the U.S., including two at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. His presentation here was provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Dr. Stanton Green Speaking at Clarion University
Anthropologist Dr. Stanton Green, dean of arts and sciences at Clarion University in Erie, Pa., speaks to attendees at the museum's first event in a speakers series.

The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, a two-story, 23,000 square foot, colonial style structure, was dedicated August 28, 1982, to the countless volunteers upon whom the Little League program thrives. The museum traces the Little League program from one league in 1939 to an international movement involving millions of children, with a variety of educational and entertaining “hands-on” exhibits and displays. From Oct. 1 until Memorial Day, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Group discounts are available. For more information, contact the museum at 570-326-3607.

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