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Sunday, October 7, 2:00 PM
Donald R. Wright Auditorium
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, California
Free Admission / Information (626) 791-7647


        As part of its series The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts, the Baseball Reliquary will present “Quincy Troupe: An Invisible Ball of Dreams,” a celebration of baseball through literature, poetry, and film. Renowned author Quincy Troupe will read poems dedicated in memory of his late father, Quincy Trouppe (spelled with two p’s and pronounced Troo-pay), a heralded catcher, outfielder, and manager in baseball’s Negro Leagues prior to the game’s integration in 1947. In addition, Troupe will read excerpts from his father’s self-published autobiography, 20 Years Too Soon, and introduce a selection of film footage shot by his father to document his travels through the landscape of Negro League baseball.

        Quincy “Big Train” Trouppe began his professional baseball career as a teenager in 1930 and played for Negro League teams such as the St. Louis Stars, Homestead Grays, and Kansas City Monarchs. As player-manager, Trouppe led the Cleveland Buckeyes to the 1945 Negro World Series championship, and the following year broke new ground by signing pitcher Eddie Klepp as the first white player in the Negro Leagues. Trouppe finally made it to the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1952 at the age of 39.

        Although Quincy Trouppe passed away in 1993, his love of baseball and his legacy as a scholar and historian have been passed on to his son. The author of 13 books, including six volumes of poetry, Quincy Troupe is Professor of Creative Writing and American and Caribbean Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of two American Book Awards (for poetry and non-fiction) and the prestigious Peabody Award for co-producing and writing The Miles Davis Radio Project, broadcast on National Public Radio. Troupe’s candid account of his friendship with jazz legend Miles Davis, Miles and Me, was published last year by the University of California Press.

        “Quincy Troupe: An Invisible Ball of Dreams” will be presented on Sunday, October 7, 2001 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California. The program will begin at 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM) and admission is free of charge. Free parking is available on the street in the vicinity of the library or in the Los Angeles County parking structure located at 240 Ramona Street, one-half block south of Walnut, between Marengo and Garfield Avenues.

        This project is made possible in part by grants from The California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from LIVE! @ your library, an initiative of the American Library Association, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

California Council for the Humanities
Live! @ your library

        For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at

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