Catching Up in Technology Spaces ,Catching Up Kids, Say Hey!! Baseball

Blog Post created by BBSutton on Apr 28, 2017

Yesterday was an interesting time for me. I worked with President Clinton on the eve of the use of technology in schools. I knew technology before it was adopted and was thrown out of schools for using it. But then the use was much more simple and easy to check. I guess I am a book person with tech because when there were books that described what to do in tech I could read and re-read and get it. I have not conquered one of the platforms to be able to access everything. I am exhausted. I don't think it is the language, or maybe it is.


In theory, I can tell you all about Survey 123 .. I did the excellent tutorials, I looked at the movies. I downloaded the apps on the computer and on my phone. But the Aha moment did not come in tech, it came in content.

For the two projects that I am working on I see gold. Not money to make but ideas and images to share. Let me make you laugh. I can't now access my pictures. I have never had this problem before. So let's back up.


Negro League. What?Say Hey Willie Mays!!


What I remember about Black Baseball players and teams? Nothing


I was asked by a person who thinks I know more technology than I do to help them to share the idea of the Negro League with people online.This was Camay Calloway Murphy ( Cab Calloway's daughter.  There is an exhibit in the Lockhouse in Havre De Grace, Maryland that has interesting information.


 I am not old enough to know, or remember the Negro league. I know about Jackie Robinson. I think that was the start of my thinking about baseball. All I remember about baseball was being a patrol and getting permission to go to a game and eating a lot of free hotdogs.

In talking to friends and relatives  My Uncle William Bragg managed a team. So I traveled to Havre De Grace to find out more about the Negro leagues... What an exhibit it is . I will post pictures, I have to add the notes and the information.

The lady in the photograph is Camay Murphy. She created and organized the exhibit. Here is a general link about the Negro Leagues.
African-Americans began to play baseball in the late 1800s on military teams, college teams, and company teams. They eventually found their way to professional teams with white players. Moses Fleetwood Walker and Bud Fowler were among the first to participate. However, racism and “Jim Crow” laws would force them from these teams by 1900. Thus, black players formed their own units, “barnstorming” around the country to play anyone who would challenge them. 


In 1920, an organized league structure was formed under the guidance of Andrew “Rube” Foster—a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants. In a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., Foster and a few other Midwestern team owners joined to form the Negro National League. Soon, rival leagues formed in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centers and rural country sides in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The Leagues maintained a high level of professional skill and became centerpieces for economic development in many black communities. 


In 1945, Major League Baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers recruited Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson now becomes the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster.


While this historic event was a key moment in baseball and civil rights history, it prompted the decline of the Negro Leagues. The best black players were now recruited for the Major Leagues, and black fans followed.


The last Negro Leagues teams folded in the early 1960s, but their legacy lives on through the surviving players and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Harve De Grace had one of the outstanding black baseball players. Come to the museum to see the exhibit.

Committee to recognize Earnest Burke updated their cover photo.
March 5 ·We could put Earnest Burke and the others in a virtual reality game, or a hologram, or a Google Glass Expedition could show us traveling the Negro League Circuit.
There are a number of museums, but just finding out the names of the teams was a bit of a hassle.
I am not showing you my map because it is baby stems to a Story Map.
Here is what I remember from my youth.
 The reason that I am here is to bring positive stories about people forward.
I lived in the summer in Petersburg, Va. There was a beautiful park. My sisters and I got all dressed up to go 
play in the park and we were sent to a dusty playground for negroes.
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My Uncle William Bragg owned a bus  and taxi stand and the bus was often used to transport the Black Baseball teams. I am making a map. Right now it is simplistic. I don't even know much about where they stayed, where they ate, and the ways in which they were grouped. So I have a primitive map coming. Heck, I thought I was finished. Then I found that the Negro League was all over the US. I have the photos. My technology errors were that I some how limited my access to my photos. Photography is a fun way to help kids make a map story. Photography is a hobby of mine.
The Washington Wizards ( doesn't that sound like a Negro League name) are going to let our project kids sit in the stands and meet the players. I want the kids to be able to share what I am working on because I am sure that the players don't know this history either.
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