Baseball Book Notes: Reading Robinson | Author’s Roundtable

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2022 marks the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will reflect on his legacy with assistance from some of America’s foremost Jackie Robinson scholars. Dr. Randal Jelks will moderate the discussion with author’s Michael G. Long, Kostya Kennedy, David Naze, and Sridhar Pappu.

David Naze is the dean of academic excellence and support at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. He is the author of Reclaiming 42: Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson’s Radical Legacy.

Sridhar Pappu is the award-winning author of The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age. A former columnist with The New York Times and New York Observer, he also served as a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post and as a correspondent with The Atlantic.  He was a contributor to 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy.

Kostya Kennedy is an editorial director at Dotdash Meredith and a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is a New York Times bestselling author and Casey Award winner.  His latest book is True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson.

Michael G. Long is an educator, author, and editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics. This includes multiple volumes on Jackie Robinson; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball, First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson, Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography, 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy, and Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter

Moderator Randal M. Jelks is Professor of African and African American Studies, and American Studies at the University of Kansas.  He is also a contributor to 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy.

This program will be streamed live on the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s YouTube Channel: Click here to set a reminder and for more information.


The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920. To learn more about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, please visit

Museum Closure & Holiday Hours

In recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday the NLBM offices will be closed and the Exhibit and Gift Shop will be open from 10:00AM – 3:00PM on Wednesday, June 19. Normal hours  will resume on Thursday, June 20th