February 03, 2014

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Black Baseball League history presentation at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site Feb. 8

Visitors are invited to learn about Lexington’s African-American baseball history on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site visitor center. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the presentation will feature author Phil S. Dixon.

For more than thirty years Dixon has recorded black history topics and is widely regarded for his expertise on baseball and boxing. The author of nine books, Dixon is also co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. The discussion will cover the famous Lexington Tigers, including players Wilber “Ashes” Jackson, the Boldridge brothers, Floyd and “Buzz” Boldridge, Otto "Jay Bird" Ray, the Hancock brothers and the Lindsey brothers.

The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on Delaware Street in Lexington. For more information on the event, contact the historic site at 660-259-4654. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.