Friday, April 18, 2008
The Great Fenway Park Writers Series, UMass Lowell, and the Boston Red Sox Present in the Public Interest:
Continuing the Conversation: Baseball & Blacks in America
Featuring: David Burnes, Red Sox great Tommy Harper, Luke Salisbury, and Dr. Sharon Freeman, author of “African Americans: Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities”
Panel Moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Gerson – Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UMass Lowell
With Dick Flavin, Baseball`s Poet Laureate, Presiding
12-Noon Brown Bag Luncheon
$15 Per Person ($5 for UMass Lowell Students)
Absolut Clubhouse at Fenway Park (enter off Brookline Avenue)
To register for this event please contact Dan Lyons of the Red Sox
Dr. Sharon T. Freeman – Biographical Brief
Dr. Freeman is the Director of the Washington, DC Government`s International Business Development Office at the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Chair of the DC Chamber`s International Committee. She is an advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative on Small and Minority Business (since 1991) and is a member of the National Press Club`s Forums Committee. She is the winner of the DC Chamber`s Crystal Monument Entrepreneurship Award (2002) and Carnegie-Mellon University`s alumni award for Entrepreneurial Excellence (2001). She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, a Master of Science from Carnegie-Mellon in management, and two undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Psychology and History from Carnegie-Mellon University.
She is the author of six books; four of which have been self-published through AASBEA, and two that have been authored on behalf of U.S. Government agencies on the subjects of exporting and e-commerce. For more information, see www.aasbea.com. Dr. Freeman is also the author of many articles on business development, which have been published in various trade magazines and translated into French and Spanish.
Tommy Harper – Biographical Brief
Blending speed and power, Harper became only the fifth member of the "30-30 Club," hitting 31 HR and stealing 38 bases for the 1970 Brewers. As a young, highly touted outfielder with the Reds in 1965, he hit 18 homers and led the NL with 126 runs scored. After a disappointing 1967 season (.217), he was traded to Cleveland, where he continued to slump in a platoon role. Rescued by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 expansion draft, he led the ML with 73 stolen bases in 1969, the highest AL total since Ty Cobb`s 96 in 1915.
Although he preferred the outfield, Harper played mostly at third base (and 82 games at second base) for the Pilots and Brewers. Traded to Boston before the 1972 season, he returned to the outfield. In 1973 he was the Red Sox` MVP, hitting 17 HR, scoring 71 runs, and stealing an AL-high 54 bases. (JCA)