Monday, January 16, 2006

Byron Motley to disuss Negro Leauges and upcoming television documentary in Batesville, Arkansas

Wil Shane, Lyon College News Bureau
Published Monday January 16, 2006

Leroy “Satchel” Paige was such a gifted and feared pitcher that when he finally made it to the Major Leagues, they outlawed all of his pitches; James “Cool Papa” Bell was so fast on his feet that he swore he could turn off the light and be in bed before the room was dark; and Josh Gibson, a catcher with a bodybuilder’s physique, is the only player known to have ever hammered a homerun completely out of Yankee Stadium.

In addition to being world-class baseball players, what these men have in common is that they all made history in the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Singer, filmmaker, lecturer and photographer Byron Motley, son of Negro Leagues chief umpire Bob Motley, will present “The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy.”

The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Nucor Auditorium.

Film clips from Motley's upcoming television documentary “Oh, How They Lived — Stories of the Negro Leagues,” will accompany stories about the Negro Leagues’ rich and colorful history.

In addition to having toured as a musician with Barry Manilow, Motley has recorded and performed with such luminaries as Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Patti Austin, Joe Cocker and the late Peter Allen.

The history of the Negro Leagues is long and rich, but unfortunately it is rarely taught in textbooks.... [ more ]


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