Rediscovering Unmarked Graves of Negro League Players

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project is setting out to locate all the unmarked graves of baseball players in the Leagues. Dr. Jeremy Krock, a 52 year old anesthesiologist from Illinois joined up with Larry Lester, a Negro Leagues historian. Lester calls this a quest to follow the "thread that leads to their last resting place." They've made some amazing discoveries, including the resting place of Bill Gatewood, who taught Satchel Paige his "hesitation pitch."

We also hear from Jim Robinson, who played in the leagues. He says that the project to identify these graves "is really worth pursuing because, unfortunately, many of the guys who passed away are laying in unmarked graves and it seems that that's a terrible way to finish their experience of playing in the leagues."

Guests:

Jeremy Krock, Larry Lester and Jim Robinson

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin and Sitara Nieves

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