Home Run Johnson ceremony


SABR’s Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project‘s latest beneficiary was Grant “Home Run” Johnson, one of the most prodigious power hitters of the deadball era. On Tuesday, SABR held a ceremony unveiling the burial stone that was placed at Johnson’s previously unmarked grave in Lakeside Cemetery in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of Hamburg thanks to the efforts of the NLBGMP. Here’s an article on the event from the Buffalo News.

Just a quick comment here … This one is special to me because I have cousins in the Buffalo area (which is maybe 70 miles west of my hometown of Rochester) who at one point lived in Hamburg. I feel like I have a long-distance connection to what happened this week. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who was involved in raising funds and publicity for the benefit of this legendary but forgotten player who many believe belongs in the Hall of Fame.

I’ll have a couple more NLBGMP-related posts over the next couple days. Tomorrow I’ll preview the grave marker ceremony scheduled for Saturday for William Binga in Minneapolis, while Saturday I’ll have an interview with Buddy Strong, a descendant of Ted Strong, who recently received a burial stone.

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