Rediscovering the Negro Leagues

June 21, 2013 1:15 PM

New Wave staff

Tulane University sophomore Cam Perron’s campaign to chronicle the history of the Negro Leagues is the subject of "HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" airing Tuesday (June 25) at 9 p.m. Central on HBO.

Cam Perron with Bryant Gumbel

Dressed in a Tulane T-shirt, sophomore Cam Perron is interviewed by HBO host Bryant Gumbel for an episode of "Real Sports." (Photo from HBO)

Perron’s pursuit to collect autographs from members of the Negro Leagues began when he was 12. Now 18, Perron’s hobby has grown into a campaign to document the lost history of the players.

The program features Perron along with 75 Negro Leagues veterans and host Bryant Gumbel in Birmingham, Ala., as they attend the Rickwood Classic — the largest annual gathering of former Negro Leagues players.

According to the show’s synopsis, there are an estimated 300 surviving Negro Leagues baseball veterans who played prior to the early 1960s who are slowly being forgotten. According to the episode, called “Rediscovered,” Perron has helped some of them receive the pension they are due.
See the stories below about Perron's campaign:

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