The Negro Leagues produced some gifted baseball
players and many memorable games; however, most of the games
and their players would never be seen. Many Negro League players
were relegated to playing backwaters and prohibited from appearing
in many of the larger stadiums in the segregated South. WKNO
presents a fascinating conversation with one of these underappreciated
Joe Scott: Memories of the Negro Leagues.
Hosted by Reggie Williams, Vice President for Community
Relations for The
Memphis Redbirds and a former major league baseball
player, Joe Scott delves into the memories of the 86-year-old ball
player. Scott talks about the early days of the Negro Leagues in
Memphis. He also reminisces about his long association with Baseball
Legend Satchel Paige and takes a memory-filled journey to the Negro
League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
The half-hour also includes observations from civil
rights luminary Julian Bond and Major League Baseball Vice President
Jimmy Lee Soloman, as well as Congressman Steve Cohen. Together
they paint a portrait of the old Negro Leagues whose history is
just starting to be appreciated.
“Joe Scott is a treasure,” said Pierre
Kimsey, producer of the program. “He provides a real window
on an important part of American history.”
more information about the history of the Negro Leagues