Don’t miss Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience on display July 14 – Aug. 27 at Lone Star College-CyFair, one of only 25 sites across the country selected to host this new traveling exhibition.
“Players in the Negro leagues were some of the most talented and inspiring sports figures of their day. This exhibition shows that, in spite of segregation, African-American players helped advance the game of baseball in many ways,” said Mick Stafford, Harris County Public Library LSC-CyFair Branch Director of Library and Information Services. “This exhibition tells many remarkable stories of players and teams who were shut out of major league baseball, but persevered in a sport they loved.”
View the colorful freestanding panels feature photographs of teams, players, original documents and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and in other institutions and collections across the United States.
Then enjoy one of the library’s free related programs, book clubs and presentations:
• July 14, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sports Page Book Club: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend (LRNC 215)
• July 15, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Opening Night: Meet and greet with Greg Kenney, actor and Jackie Robinson impersonator (Library)
• July 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Teen Movie Night: Baseball-themed movie and food (LRNC 131)
• July 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Jackie Cross the Line: One person play featuring Greg Kenney as Jackie Robinson (Recital Hall)
• July 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. LIFE program featuring Robert Fink, author of Playing in the Shadows: Texas and Negro League Baseball, Johnny Washington, ex-Negro League player for the Houston Eagles, and Gary Crawford, operator of Negro League Legends (LRNC 131) July 21, 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Tween Book Club: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Green (LRNC 131)
• July 22, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Baseball Carnival: Games, giveaways and food plus appearances by Johnny Washington, Gary Crawford (College Center)
• Aug. 2, 11 a.m. – noon Teen Baseball Book Club: I Was Right On Time: My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors by Buck O’Neil (LRNC 131)
• Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Teen Baseball Book Club: Dropping the Ball: Baseball’s Troubles and How We Can and Must Solve Them by Dave Winfield (LRNC 131)
• Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Players Day at the Exhibition: Players from all levels of competition talk about baseball and the exhibition in a meet and greet format. (Library)
• Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. LIFE program: If It Ain’t Got That Swing: Black Baseball and Music in the Jim Crow Era with Lawrence Hogan, author of Shades of Glory and Robert Cvornyek (LRNC 131)
• Aug. 11, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Sports Page Book Club: Hank Aaron and the Home Run that Changed American by Tom Stanton (LRNC 131)
In addition, the library will hold baseball-themed storytimes and crafts for children in the Kids Corner. For information on the Kids Corner activities, call 281.290.3911.
The traveling exhibition is on display in the library, which is located on the LSC-CyFair campus at 9191 Baker Cypress. For information, call 281.290.5276.