Call for Papers: 19th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference – La Cross, WI, July 7-9

Theme: Barnstorming in the Negro Baseball Leagues 

Presentation Proposals: Due March 28th, 2016

Barnstorming has always been a central part of the life of Negro League ball players. Being in Wisconsin will allow the conference to focus on Henry Aaron, Billy Bruton and Wes Covington who played in Eau Claire. The great strikeout pitcher John Donaldson toured the upper Midwest and the St. Paul Gophers played throughout the area as well.

The 19th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will celebrate this rich baseball history. In addition to two days of research presentations and player/author panels, attendees will also enjoy special presentations about local black baseball and a minor league baseball game involving the LaCrosse Loggers.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars.

Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: John Donaldson, barnstorming tours in the US and outside the US, Hank Aaron in Eau Claire, the St. Paul Gophers, and other smaller teams that barnstormed all over the United States, but especially the upper Midwest.

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. For oral presentations, please indicate whether you will require any AV equipment. For poster presentations, please indicate the number and size of posters you wish to display.

Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to

Or, send it via traditional mail to Leslie Heaphy, Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Rd, No. Canton, OH

Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy — or– Michael Haupert —

Notifications will go out by April 22nd.

For further conference information:

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