Negro Leagues

Jim Overmyer
Jim Overmyer

Jim Overmyer is a baseball history author who specializes in the Negro Leagues.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, Overmyer is out with two new books this year.

In April of 2020, Overmyer released an updated version of Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.  Earlier this year he wrote Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays: A Biography of the Negro Leagues Owner and Hall of Famer.

Kevin Kane
Kevin Kane

The 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues Baseball is being celebrated this year, especially by two men who mutually respect each other's talents and passions.

The latest guests on SportsJam with Doug Doyle are New York-based musician, playwright and educator Kevin Kane and Black Baseball author and historian Dr. Lawrence Hogan. Hogan is also a Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College.

Jimmy Heath
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In 2008, SportsJam host Doug Doyle brought two legendary figures together to talk about how they dealt racial segregation in the Jim Crow Era and well as the synergy between music and baseball.

The late baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin joined the conversation from his home in Houston, Texas while iconic saxophist, arranger, composer and 2003 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spoke from his home in New York City.

Toni Stone
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne is always busy rooting for his hometown St Louis Cardinals, but baseball is also in his spotlight off-Broadway in a new play about a woman playing pro ball in the 1950’s.

Toni Stone is Lydia R. Diamond's play about first woman to play professional baseball.  Stone played in the  early 50’s in the Negro Leagues.

Toni Stone runs at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre August 11.