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Black history takes the baseball field

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 3:22 pm

On February 26, the RHS Multicultural Literature & Leadership class and the RHS Deft Poetry Club sponsored a presentation by Mr. Derrick Jones entitled “History of the Negro League Baseball.” Mr. Jones, a graduate of ASU and William & Mary as well as a former high school administrator, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). His interactive presentation focused on various players and aspects of Negro League Baseball as such players like Jackie Robinson, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, and Walter “Buck” Leonard, to name a few. The characters were brought to life through RHS students and faculty, who dressed for their parts and took on the persona of their characters. The night culminated with an impromptu game between all the players on the stage, a mighty swing of the bat by Mrs. Gaines, playing Artie Wilson, and awesome snag by Mr. Scott, playing “Cool Papa” Bell.  It was a night filled with interesting facts about the teams and players, a tremendous display of memorabilia from the time period, and a culminating front row seat to watch what it may have been like to see the Black Negro League Baseballs players in action.

RHS students and faculty depict African American baseball stars.