Explore The African-American Baseball Experience At The Ocean County Library

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” a national traveling exhibition that chronicles the remarkable history of baseball’s Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players, goes on display at the Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) from August 15 – September 28.

Legendary players like Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige barnstormed around the country for decades, thrilling audiences with a fast-running, power-hitting style of play.

Several New Jersey players from the league, including Larry Doby (who broke the color barrier in the American League 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson‘s Brooklyn Dodgers debut), Monte Irvin, Ray Dandridge, Leon Day and John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, are all enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Effa Manley, the owner of the Newark Eagles, was the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Toms River branch hosts two special events to accompany the exhibit. A special reception will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 2 pm opens the exhibition.

The library will also screen the award-winning documentary “Before You can say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in America in the Era of the Color Line” Tuesday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Both programs, as well as the exhibit, are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience”, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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