Historical Society Lecture Feb. 23 by Negro League Player

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As part of its exhibit on African-American and latino sports in the area, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will feature a lecture by W. James Cobbin Feb. 23 at the Tyler History Center. The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

Cobbin, CEO of CCS Transportation, grew up in Youngstown and attend Allen University in South Carolina, before going on to play professional baseball. During his career, he played in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, as well as in the Negro Baseball League with the Black Yankees and Indianapolis Clowns.

The exhibit, Ebony Lifeline Sports Museum: The Valley’s Diverse Athletic Heritage, features photographs, trophies and equipment from African-American and latino football, basketball, track, baseball and volleyball teams in the Mahoning Valley. Assembled by the Ebony Lifeline Support Group, the exhibit will be at the Tyler Center through April 30.

For more information, visit MahoningHistory.org or call 330 743 2589.

Pictured: W. James Cobbin played in the Negro Baseball League.

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