Sportswriter and author Gaylon H. White will provide the welcoming commentary on the conference's theme. Author and historian Dr. Jerrold Casway will speak about the origins and contributions of Negro League ball clubs, including the Philadelphia Pythians and the Cape May Giants. Sydnei Smith Jordan's artistic compositions of Negro League players will be highlighted.
Historian and lecturer Mike Everett, along with Belinda Manning, will speak about John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, who played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues from 1906-1932. Mike will also talk about Max Manning and Monte Irvin of the Newark Eagles, who were teammates on the Negro League World Series 1946 championship team. Gaylon H. White will round of the evening speaking about "The Mystery of Eddie Locke." Locke helped to integrate the Minor Leagues and put together a remarkable career that established his status as one of the games greatest players in the Southwest.
Participate in a panel discussion at Convention Hall led by Gaylon H. White, who will be joined by Dr. Jerrold Casway, Sydnei Smith Jordan, and Mike Everett who will address the topic "Who from the Negro League belongs in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame?' The event will conclude with a look at the career of Phillies great Dick Allen and his eligibility for the Hall of Fame.