Charles Leerhsen, author of the award-winning 2015 biography Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty was the featured speaker at the Detroit chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Leerhsen took questions and signed copies of his book after he spoke.
SABR Detroit Chapter president Gary Gillette also spoke about Ty Cobb’s 1930 appearance at Hamtramck Stadium, when the Tigers’ superstar threw out the first pitch at the grand opening of the Negro League ballpark. Alexis Morris of Syracuse University discussed her thesis research about the Negro Leagues, the African-American community in Detroit, and how Black Baseball and the Detroit Stars aided in creating a sense of community for Great Migration blacks.
This meeting took place on Sunday, June 14, at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle.