Thomas Turner - Negro League Baseball


The Negro League Baseball Museum was dedicated in Kansas City in 1995 and surviving Negro League players were honored and hosted at a 3-day long event.   Tom's wife and daughter helped him celebrate.

Local sports writer on the Cincinnati Enquirer took an interest in the local former Negro League players.  This is one of the headliner articles that ran in a series about these men who had played at various times in the Negro League. 

The July 4, 1999 feature on Tom highlights a photo that appears in The Apache Sentinel in the 1940's and The Fort Huachuca Scout in 2002.


Tom talks baseball to a group of young children and their parents.  Some of the parents knew about the existence of the Negro Leagues and wanted to pass this piece of history on to their children. 


Through the year, and especially in February, Black History Month, Tom receives speaking invitations from schools and community groups.  He also displays and sells his autographed wares.  The Kroger stores in the greater Cincinnati area are a favorite haunt of his.  This photo and story from a community paper show him at Kroger corporate headquarters.  The columnist is a long-time friend of the family who got the call the night before from California to cover the event. 

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