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Join the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) for the kick-off to baseball season with a literary "triple header."  Enjoy discussions and meet authors of national acclaim at this day-long event held on at the Field of Legends exhibition area. The Book Festival is presented in partnership with Freedom's Frontier National Historic Area and Park University. 

All books will be available at the Extra Inning Museum Store. The event is free with your paid admission to the NLBM. Museum members can enter for free by showing their membership card. For questions or information, call 816-221-1920 or email nlbmuseum@gmail.com. 

Tentative Schedule (Schedule and guests are subject to change)

9:30am: Opening remarks and welcome

Session One: Discussion and book signing, Ted Strong, Jr.: The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro Leagues All-Star, featuring author Sherman Jenkins with special guest "Jumping" Johnny Wilson

Moderator: Dr. Delia Gillis, University of Central Missouri

Illinois based author and publisher Sherman Jenkins chronicles the forgotten story of Ted Strong, a remarkable two-sport athlete who starred in the 1930s-1940s. Jenkins will be joined by Johnny Wilson, noted 1940s basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters and baseball player with the Chicago American Giants of the late Negro Leagues.

Session Two: Discussion and book signing, Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son, featuring author Paul Dickson

Moderator: Prof. John Lofflin, Park University

Prolific writer Paul Dickson pens another important treatment of baseball by exploring the life of legendary and controversial player/manager Leo Durocher. Durocher's 40+ year connection to baseball spans the era of Babe Ruth, to Jackie Robinson, and the AstroTurf of Houston. Durocher was a key figure in the integration of baseball in New York City as manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants.

Session Three: Discussion and book signing, Jackie Robinson, A Spiritual Biography: The Faith of a Boundary-Breaking Hero, featuring co-authors Michael G. Long and Christopher Lamb with special guest Jonathan Eig

Moderator: Dr. Randal Jelks, University of Kansas

Michael Long and Christopher Lamb add another groundbreaking work on the life of Jackie Robinson to their separate bibliographies through this collaboration. The authors explore Robinson's faith, which he said "carried him through the torment and abuse he suffered for integrating the major leagues and drove him to get involved in the civil rights movement." The authors will be joined by special guest Jonathan Eig, acclaimed writer of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season.