Highlighting the Negro Baseball Leagues at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem

The “Blackball” exhibit at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 148th Street tells the history of the all-black professional baseball league from 1920 up until 1962.

Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, along with players who were huge in the Negro leagues but never made it in the majors.

One of the teams organizers chose to feature prominently were the Harlem Black Yankees.

The exhibit includes the work of nine artists. Part of the show’s proceeds will be used to build and maintain a new state-of-the-art youth baseball field at nearby Colonel Young Park.  It is named for Colonel Charles Young, the first African American to achieve that rank in the U.S. Army.

The exhibit, runs through September 27.

BLACKBALL: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball

August 27 – October 4, 2012

Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 5:30 – 7:30pm

Organized by the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center in partnership with the Harlem Historical Society and the Harlem Black Yankees, and sponsored by Abyssinian Development Corporation, this exhibition includes paintings, fiber art, sculpture, giclée prints and digital renderings created by a selection of emerging and established artists dedicated to sports, storytelling and history. Participating artists include Donald “Sunn” Anderson, Lou Grant, Charles Hearn, Rod Ivey, LeRoy Neiman, Kadir Nelson, George Preston, Sherry Shine and Grace Y. Williams. 

For more information, visit neimancenter.org.