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(Detroit, MI) The Michigan Chapter of Negro League Baseball Players celebrate one of their members, Minnie Forbes. She is the former owner of the 1956 Detroit Stars Baseball Team. Forbes is credited with being the third woman in the United States to own a team in the Negro Leagues. After 1958, Forbes went on to play baseball as a third basemen for the Kansas City Monarchs making her the fourth woman to play baseball in a Negro League.
Louis Manley, Jr is a well-known Detroit historian and president of The Michigan Chapter of Negro League Baseball. He is excited to be recognized nationally as a leader in Negro League Baseball. As he prepares to meet and greet President Obama on Monday August 5, 2013 at 5:00pm in the White House, he is delighted to accompany Minnie Forbes.
Manley shares, “Mrs. Forbes is one of our distinguished members. We celebrate her many social strides and contributions, as she was a women in a leadership position in an industry dominated by men during the 1950’s. It is wonderful that she is being honored nationally as a legend in Negro League Baseball, but there is more to the story. It is remarkable to note that Forbes is also the last living owner of a Negro League Baseball Team in the United States.”
The Michigan Chapter of Negro League Baseball Players was established by Manley to assist former Negro League ball players with booking engagements, autograph sessions and appearances. In collaboration with Comerica Park, Manley provides baseball players for the annual Negro League Weekend at Comerica Park.
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