Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ever been to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse? They have some cool one of the kind items for sale there and also hold some pretty cool events like this. It's great to know about the game today, but cooler to see the roots and the different branches of history that shaped what we love. Thursday, February 25 @ 7:00 PM Black Baseball, Black Business with authors Roberta Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen An extraordinary history of the Negro Leagues and the economic disruptions of desegregating a sport Roberta Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen examine how the relationship between black baseball and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African-American populations. Inextricably bound together by circumstance, these sports and business alliances faced destruction and upheaval. Once Jackie Robinson and a select handful of black baseball’s elite gained acceptance in Major League Baseball and financial stability in the mainstream economy, shock waves traveled throughout the black business world. Though the economic impact on Negro League baseball is perhaps obvious due to its demise, the impact on other black-owned businesses and on segregated neighborhoods is often undervalued if not outright ignored in current accounts. We know about the great individual players who played in the Negro Leagues and integrated the Major Leagues. But what happens when a community has its economic footing undermined while simultaneously being called upon to celebrate a larger social progress? A fascinating question. Join us on Thursday, February 25 to learn the answer and much more. RSVP required to attend...... Bergino Baseball Clubhouse 67 East 11 Street The landmark Cast Iron Building, NYC 212-226-7150

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