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Negro Leagues Baseball Conference in KC

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By Greg Echlin

Kansas City, MO – July 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of Satchel Paige, one of the great players of the Negro Leagues. Scholars from across the country gather this week (July 6 - July 9, 2006) to discuss the history. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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As Curator of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Raymond Doswell has much to share about the ballplayers in the Negro Leagues. But because of segregation that isolated their lives before the color barrier was broken by Jackie Robinson in 1947, Doswell says that beyond sketchy baseball statistics there is so much to be learned about their personalities.

Doswell: One of the great holes in Negro Leagues history is that for so many years, we never have gathered the family history information. And that's what's missing from a lot of this history.

Research presentations will be made at the conference, which ends on Sunday. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the local chapter of SABR, the Society of American Baseball Research, are co-sponsoring the event. Greg Echlin, KCUR News.

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