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Baseball Race and Integration Symposium

It was a long but very interesting weekend with the SABR Detroit Chaper’s Baseball Race and Integration Symposium.  I learned a ton about the Negro Leagues as well as baseball in the 1950s and 1960s.  Deacon Jones joined us for the bus tour and he was a wealth of information and interesting stories.  I had the privilege of eating brunch today with Mickey Briggs (grandson of former Tigers’ owner Walter O. Briggs) and Don Lund (former Tiger player and front office employee) and they had some interesting stories.  Then Deacon wrapped it all up with an outstanding keynote speech.  The two panels (one on the Red Sox and one on the Tigers) also did a fine job of summarizing and describing some of the issues the two teams had integrating.  Good stuff, and the plan is to do it something similar next year.

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