Black Baseball Series

February 14, 1992

During Black History Month, 21st Century Radio, which can be heard 7to 10 p.m. Sundays on WNAV Radio, will run a series on Negro League baseball.

The league originally was formed by black baseball players who were banned from regular professional baseball until after World War II, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The shows are:

* Feb. 16 -- 8:30 p.m. interview with Dick Clark, chairman of the Negro League Baseball Committee of the Society forAmerican Baseball Research.

* Feb. 23 -- 8 p.m. interview with Negro League legend John "Buck" O'Neill (Kansas City Monarchs, 1938-1959), the current president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Historian Phil Dixon will discuss the history of the leagues and prospective Hall of Famers.

* March 29 -- 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with guests Monte Irwin, Leon Day, Buck O'Neill, Richard Powell and Gene Benson.

Other shows tentatively planned for the month willfeature players of both the Negro League and the major leagues, including Willie Mays (Birmingham Black Barons, 1948-1950), Ernie Banks (Kansas City Monarchs, 1950) and Hank Aaron.

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