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Negro League Star Monte Irvin to Speak at Moravian College

Dr. Larry Hogan, author of Shades of Glory, to join Irvin at talk on April 12

Bethlehem, Pa., March 28, 2007— Moravian College will hold “An Evening with Baseball Hall-of-Famer & Former Negro League Star Monte Irvin” on Thursday, April 12th at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  Irvin will be joined by Dr. Lawrence D. Hogan, author of Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues & the Story of African-American Baseball. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Like many great black athletes of his time, Monte Irvin played out most of his Hall of Fame career in the Negro Leagues. After the integration of baseball, he played an instrumental role during his eight seasons with the New York Giants helping them win two pennants. Irvin started his professional baseball career in the Negro Leagues at the early age of 17. He quickly developed into a power-hitting, smooth fielding, base stealing triple threat. Irvin is remember by baseball fans for leading the league in RBI during 1951 and completing the rare feat of stealing home in the World Series. During his career in the Negro League, he was a five-time selection to the All-Star Team. Irvin's induction into the Hall of Fame came in 1973 when he was chosen by the Special Committee on Negro Leagues who had previously selected only three legendary players: Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Buck Leonard.

Hogan’s book, Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues & the Story of African-American Baseball, celebrates African-Americans’ contributions to America’s great national pastime.  The book offers a comprehensive, lively account that captures the compelling stories of the Negro Leagues and its players. The book is considered an important contribution to sports history by providing a fitting tribute to legendary baseball stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Martin Dihigo, Cool Papa Bell, and many men who were shadowed by racial prejudice during segregation in professional baseball.

Hogan is a senior professor of history at Union County College in New Jersey. He is an expert on the chronicle of black baseball and his touring exhibit on the subject has traveled nationwide.

For more information, contact Joel Nathan Rosen at jrosen@moravian.edu or call 610 625-7814. Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building at the corner of Locust and Monocacy streets on Moravian’s Main Street Campus.

This event is sponsored by the following Moravian College departments and organizations: Arts and Lectures, Athletic Department, The LVAIC Africana Studies Consortium, USG, Phi Alpha Theta, The Law Club, Office of Institutional Diversity, IMPACT, The Sociology Club, Department of History, and Amnesty International.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.