Louisiana SABR meeting — I’m there

OK, I’m going to write a few scattershot posts today, just some random thoughts that have been rattling around in my head. Or maybe that’s the hamster on his squeaky wheel …

First up … the somewhat semi-annual meeting of the Louisiana Schott-Pelican chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Holiday Inn Westbank. I’m planning on raising a minor ruckus about the complete, shameful and persistent ignorance and lack of understanding about the very rich heritage of African-American baseball in New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole.

The very fact that the local SABR chapter is named the Schott-Pelican chapter — in obvious reference to the New Orleans Pelicans, the city’s long-time minor league baseball team that, along with its league, the Southern Association, stubbornly refused to integrate right up until their demise in 1960 — is insulting.

I’ll give a report of the meeting if I do get up the gumption and follow through on my plans for the meeting. I’m trying to attract media attention to it.

So, if there’s anyone reading this who lives close to NOLA and has an interest in the Negro Leagues here and across the state, drop me a line at rwhirty218@yahoo.com.

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