Location: Grand Rapids Public Library
A Team of Her Own:
& Negro League Baseball
Sunday, February 18, 1:30 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library, downtown
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Study Club and the GGRWHC as part of Taste of Soul Sunday, Minnie Forbes will talk with former Grand Rapids Press columnist Jaye Beeler about her role as the last female owner of a Negro League baseball team; playing softball in 1947 for Cook’s Brown Dolls, a Grand Rapids African American girls traveling team; and the time she played third base for the Kansas City Monarchs against the Grand Rapids Black Sox. In 1956, as black baseball was winding down, Minnie Forbes took over her uncle Ted Rasberry’s team, the Detroit Stars. In her roles as secretary to the team, player, and then owner, Forbes interacted with such All-Stars as Satchel Page and Ozzie Guillen and visited the White House in 2013 as the guest of President Barack Obama.