Friday, May 14, 2010

Birmingham Black Barons Database

Local Databases
Which two of the following players spent part of their career with the Birmingham Black Barons?

Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Josh Gibson
Satchel Paige
Jackie Robinson

The correct answer is Willie Mays and Satchel Paige.

I found this information in the Encyclopedia of Negro League Baseball, but what about all the facts about the Black Barons that weren’t included in the book, such as game information and results, player interviews, and other weekly coverage? Articles in local newspapers provide some of the best facts about local history, but how can I access newspaper information about the Birmingham Black Barons?

The Government Documents Department has developed a database on the Birmingham Black Barons that provides a keyword index to articles in local newspapers including The Birmingham News and The Birmingham World, an African-American newspaper. The database searches for keywords in article titles and bylines and is updated regularly by the Government Documents Department. A considerable amount of staff time went into creating this database and it will make searching for these newspaper articles a lot easier.

The Birmingham Public Library is featuring the traveling exhibition, Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, at the Central location May 1 thru June 11. There will be a number of events associated with the exhibition at the library. Please take the opportunity to come see the exhibition and enjoy some of the associated programs. Check out the Pride and Passion website for more information.

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