Attention SABR members and Friends:

We are very happy to announce that the Detroit Tigers are now officially co-sponsors of the Detroit Stars Centennial Conference.  The schedule of events has been altered to take advantage of the Tigers’ generous hospitality.  We will arrive at Comerica Park on Saturday, August 10, at 4:15 PM to participate in the Negro League Players panel discussion before the game.  Please follow the links below to the DSCC website.

Early registration for the DSC Conference has been extended to ?July 26.?

Updated DSCC Schedule of Events:


Here is the preliminary schedule of events:

Detroit Stars Centennial Conference Schedule [draft]
Confirmed Presentations, Talks, and Events

Thursday morning, August 8
1. Welcome Address by Gary Gillette [15m]
2. Mitch Lutzke on his award-winning, book-length history of the Page Fence Giants [60m]
3. Mike “Tiger” Price on the history of the Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame and Gallery [30m]

Thursday afternoon
5. Kevin Johnson “Mack Park–Friend or Foe?” [30m]
6. Gary Gillette “Retrospective Tributes: The History of Negro League Baseball Cards” [30m]
7. Vanessa Ivy Rose, Turkey Stearnes’ granddaughter, “Combining Forces: Restorative Options for
Baseball Integration and the Inclusion of the Negro Leagues” [30m]

Thursday evening
8. Reception honoring family members of Detroit-area Negro League players, including the Stearnes family [2h]

Friday morning, August 9
9. James Brunson on his master work on 19th century Black Baseball [60m]
10. Geri Strecker “Home Field Advantage in the Negro Leagues” [30m]
11. Gary Gillette on selecting the All-Time Detroit Stars Centennial Team [30m]

Friday afternoon
12. Paul Healey on compiling a day-by-day schedule for all seven major Negro Leagues [30m] 13. Lisa Alexander on Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings movie revisited [30m] 14. “Don’t-Call-It-Trivia!” hosted by acknowledged Master of Significa Ted Knorr [60m]
Friday evening
15. Documentary screenings/pizza party with author Donn Rogosin & possibly director/producer Craig Davidson [3h30]
o Screening of There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace o Screening of Pitching Man: Satchel Paige Defying Time

Saturday morning (at Detroit Historical Museum), August 10
16. Phil Dewey on his Turkey Stearnes portrait and his Negro Leagues paintings [30m]
Bus Tour Saturday, August 10
• Departing Delta hotel at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
Tour Stops (in chronological order)
• 9:00–10:30 a.m. Motown Museum
• 10:45–11:30 a.m. Detroit Historical Museum
o Detroit Stars pop-up exhibit, including Turkey Stearnes portrait
o Presentation by artist Philip Dewey on his Turkey Stearnes portrait & Negro Leagues art
• 11:30–12:30 p.m. Tour members may choose to stay at Historical Museum until bus leaves
and/or to visit the Detroit Public Library’s Ernie Harwell Collection or the Detroit Institute of
Art’s Baseball Exhibit (both DPL & DIA are across the street from the DHM)
• 12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own in Corktown at Nemo’s, Slows, or nearby restaurants
• 2:00–2:30 Tiger Stadium site / Detroit PAL Headquarters
• 2:45–4:00 p.m. Hamtramck
o Hamtramck Stadium Historic Marker / HamtramckStadium
o Game of catch on field?
• 4:15 p.m. Mack Park site*
• 4:30 p.m. Ossian Sweet house*
• 4:45 p.m. Church of the Messiah/site of Boulevard Park*
• 5:00 p.m. Stadium District**
o 447 Alfred Street, Rap Dixon’s residence in Detroit*
o Little Caesars Arena
o Detroit Beer Company 1920 Stars mural
o ComericaPark
• 6:10 p.m. 1st pitch of Tigers Negro Leagues Tribute Game vs. Kansas City Royals
• 9:30 p.m. Bus leaves Comerica Park for hotel