Talk at All-Sports Museum to center on black baseball in Pennsylvania

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Bob Allen tell the stories of Octavius Catto, Oscar Charleston, Cum Posey, Gus Greenlee, Eddie Bolden and others who contributed to Pennsylvania's rich black baseball history in his talk "The Souls of Black Baseball: Barnstorming the Keystone State" at the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Allen will offer a journey across Pennsylvania to discover and appreciate the greatness of teams such as the Pythians, the Hilldale Club of Darby, the Philadelphia Stars, the Harrisburg Giants, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Through video interviews and guest appearances by living players, the audience will follow players and teams as they move from little towns and twilight leagues closer to the national spotlight. "The Souls of Black Baseball" explores how Pennsylvania players contributed to moving the black leagues, and the nation, out of the shadow of the Jim Crow era.

This event is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or call 814-863-5689. The museum is located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium opposite the Bryce Jordan Center. A long canopy leading from Curtain Road marks the museum entrance. Evening parking in the lot across from the stadium is free after 5 p.m.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Last Updated February 21, 2013