KCTV 5 - The career of Negro League Baseball player John Donaldson

Posted on July 18, 2016

KCTV 5 Kansas City Interview about John Donaldson

KCTV's Michael Coleman interviews Pete about John Donaldson's legacy and this year's Jerry Malloy Conference for his show "Off The Bench."

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Donaldson Network Speech about restoring lost legacies.

Posted on July 16, 2016

2016 Jerry Malloy Conference Speech

2016 Jerry Malloy Conference Speech: John Donaldson Restoring the Legacy of Segregated Baseball's Greatest Left Handed Pitcher from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

Presentation delivered at the 19th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference, July 9, 2016.

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Fox Sports Interview about The Donaldson Network.

Posted on July 8, 2016

ICYMI: The lost legacy of left-handed power pitcher John Donaldson

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Appearance on Royals Live discussing the legacy restoration efforts of for John Donaldson including the announcement of the donation of The Donaldson Network files to the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center.

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Pete Gorton and Frank White talk about small town baseball.

Posted on May 8, 2016

Town Baseball History

Minnesota baseball historians Peter Gorton and Frank White are interviewed as they describe the untold history of the black players who were banned from Major League Baseball yet played for the love of the game in small town.

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Glasgow Missouri Passions and Passages Scene IV

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Derrick Enyard and Martin Nevils play John Donaldson (with Martin as the young John Donaldson) in Glasgow Play

Glasgow Missouri Passions and Passages Scene IV from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

Cast in order of appearance:
Rusty Whipple - James Crooks
John Donaldson - Derrick Enyard
Tommy - Rhys Fuemmeler
Peter - Kabyl McMillan
Choir - Glasgow Community Choir, Collection of Voices
Ida Donaldson - Sandra Enyard
Young John Donaldson - Martin Nevels
Little Boy - Derrick Duran, Adris Hamilton
Harry Gillam - Christopher Hubbard
Off Stage Announcer - J.Y. Miller
Batter #1 - Dr. Ken Vroman
Batter #2 - Alex Mathews
Batter #3 - Phillip Hackman
Crowd - Cast Members
John McGraw - Bill Mathews
Written and Directed by Carol Hill
The John Donaldson baseball scene can be attributed to Peter Gorton's article, "One Diamond at a Time"

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Pete Gorton gives an update about the Donaldson Network on TPT

Posted on October 21, 2011

TPT's "Almanac" (Minnesota Public TV) focuses on the John Donaldson story

Pete Gorton talks to TPT's David Gillette about some of the latest news from the Donaldson Network.

The research effort continues to be alive, thanks to researchers, and thanks to journalists who continue to help keep the story alive.

This month, we have far surpassed 400 posted articles about John Donaldson, and we have plenty more to post, including this video.

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Derrick Enyard stars as John Donaldson

Posted on September 23, 2011

Derrick Enyard researches John Donaldson and portrays him for Glasgow, Missouri's 175th Anniversary

Derrick Enyard Plays John Donaldson from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

Derrick Enyard becomes the first John Donaldson researcher to actually portray John Donaldson, in this video captured during the 175th Annual Glasgow town celebration.

Not only is it a great thing to help memorialize John Donaldson in this way, but it's also interesting that John Donaldson's journey began with not only baseball, but acting! For example, during the 1911 year with the Tennessee Rats, Donaldson and the team put on a variety show after each baseball game.

Keep up the great work, Derrick. Your fellow researchers at the John Donaldson network are looking forward to your future accomplishments!

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Glasgow, Missouri's 175th Anniversary Speech

Posted on August 13, 2011

Pete Gorton delivers a speech about John Donaldson at Glasgow, Missouri's 175th Anniversary Celebration

Glasgow, MO 175th Celebration John Donaldson Speech from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

Pete Gorton delivers a speech about the Glasgow, Missouri native John Donaldson and how he traveled the country playing and promoting baseball. The speech was delivered August 13, 2011 at the Glasgow Baptist Church.

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The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project at chicagotribune.com

Posted on July 25, 2011

Jeremy Krock is featured in a video on ChicagoTribune.com (originally as part of an article for the Chicago Tribune), speaking about the grave marker project.

During the video, John Donaldson is mentioned throughout the piece. Jeremy also mentions the work of Larry Lester, who has done a lot to help the grave marker project as well as the Donaldson Network.

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project on NBC (Video #1)

Posted on July 25, 2011

Jeremy Krock is featured in a video on msnbc.com (originally aired on NBC Nightly News), speaking about the grave marker project.

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During the video, John Donaldson is mentioned.

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project on NBC (Video #2)

Posted on July 25, 2011

Jeremy Krock and Larry Lester are both featured in a video on msnbc.com (originally put together as web content), speaking about the grave marker project.

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During the video, John Donaldson is mentioned. Jeremy Krock and Larry Lester have both been very important to the Donaldson network.

The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project on ESPN

Posted on February 20, 2011

Jeremy Krock is featured in a video on ESPN.com (originally aired on ESPN), speaking about why he started working on the grave marker project.

During the video, Dr. Krock cleans off the grave of John Donaldson at Burr Oak Cemetery, and Donaldson is mentioned during the piece. Here is the most important part of what we do, and that is keeping the memory alive. Thank you, Dr. Krock for being such an important part of the Donaldson network.

And that's the best part about the Donaldson Network. There are no membership fees, and there is no quota on what you need to do. Doing anything that helps to keep alive the memory of John Donaldson automatically makes you a lifetime member of the Donaldson Network.

2010 Jerry Malloy Speech

Posted on August 19, 2010

Pete Gorton and Sam Sinke's speech from the 2010 Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference: Birmingham, Alabama. July 16, 2010 - The Donaldson Network: Creating Content Using Emerging Technologies - johndonaldson.bravehost.com

The information age has changed our everyday habits, including the way we perform baseball research and publish our findings. Pete and Sam traveled to the 2010 Jerry Malloy conference in Birmingham to talk about some of the technology that has helped the Donaldson Network keep progress moving forward and find baseball artifacts from the scattered towns where John Donaldson played baseball.

2010 Malloy Speech from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

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John Donaldson's career in Bertha, Minnesota

Posted on August 18, 2010

After a brief showing in the Negro Leagues, John Donaldson went on to play where he could be free to make his own career choices.

Eventually, that landed him in Bertha, Minnesota where he was already a baseball star. Voice over by Rick Lockwood.

Donaldson Network: Bertha Media File from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

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Pete speaks to schoolkids about John Donaldson

Posted on August 17, 2010

Always looking for eager new fans of baseball and followers of historical baseball, Pete goes to school.

Watch Pete Gorton's speech to school kids about John Donaldson.

Donaldson Network Speech: Carondelet from Pete Gorton on Vimeo.

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Pete Gorton speaks on Sports Wrap

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

Donaldson Network Discussion on SPNN Cable 19 St. Paul Sports Rap - 57:22 - Aug 12, 2008 - SPNN Cable 19 - johndonaldson.bravehost.com

Peter Gorton lead researcher for The Donaldson Network appears on Sports Rap with Qwame McDonald on SPNN Cable 19 in St. Paul Minnesota. Pete discusses the "Donaldson Network" and how it came about. The formation of the Donaldson Network and how the search for John Donaldson continues. John Wesley Donaldson was a great black baseball pitcher. His left handed delivery was featured on baseball diamonds across the United States. Gorton has developed a team of researchers, authors and historians to attempt to discover games of this baseball great. Currently the Network consists of over 400 contributors from dozens of states. John Donaldson and his career were nearly lost until the Donaldson Network began to piece his career numbers back together by looking for lost game accounts in local newspapers in hundreds of small town papers. The Donaldson Network can be followed by visiting johndonaldson.bravehost.com. We are always accepting help to restore the legacy of this baseball giant.

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Hand-Cranked Film Footage of John Donaldson

Posted on Aug 4, 2006

John Donaldson 1925 : Hand-cranked film footage - 00:38 - Aug 7, 2006 - johndonaldson.bravehost.com

John Wesley Donaldson was a southpaw pitcher who pitched for teams like the Tennessee Rats, the All-Nations Team, The Kansas City Monarchs, The Colored House of David, Bertha, Minnesota and several other teams including a host of All Star teams of his own (and Satchel Paige's!) The search is on all over the midwest and other parts of the country, where Donaldson played, to collect all of his box scores, newspaper clippings and game flyers. Why? Because he was one of the greatest players to ever live. He lived and played during his heyday long before African-American men were allowed into the major leagues. We believe the game of the film comes August 16, 1925 from Fergus Falls, Minnesota where Donaldson and the Bertha, Minnesota Team beat Battle Lake, Minnesota 11-2. John Donaldson had 18 strikeouts in this game. Check out our website, johndonaldson.bravehost.com for more information about Donaldson and how to help us research this great player. Finding this film is the sports world's equal to finding the Zapruder film, or the Lumiere brothers' film of workers walking out of a factory. It is cinema verite. It is kino pravda. It is the Oxley Film.

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Profile of John Donaldson shown on Fox Sports Net

Posted on March 26, 2007

John Wesley Donaldson Profile - 05:06 - Mar 26, 2007 - johndonaldson.bravehost.com

John Wesley Donaldson (1891-1970). Known as a power pitcher, John Donaldson was the best left-handed barnstorming pitcher in black baseball history. During his prime seasons from 1911 to 1918, he “had near-perfect control,” according to noted historian Robert Peterson, and had a “sharp-breaking curve ball that was faster than most pitchers’ fastballs.” Upon the founding of the Negro League in 1920, he played mainly as a standout outfielder for the "top clubs," most notably the Kansas City Monarchs, into the 1930s. The star hurler of J. L. Wilkinson’s All Nations team, Donaldson first brought interracial baseball to hundreds of American cities. His 296 complete games came despite the rigors of constant travel. Donaldson's charisma and excellence was a countermeasure to the deep-seated prejudices of the era and his stellar character helped break down racial stereotypes. As of March 26, 2007, he has documented 235 wins and holds career marks of 3832 strikeouts that place him among the games all-time best. He was the best-known barnstorming pitcher in the decade before Satchel Paige, and Paige pitched on many diamonds where Donaldson had dominated earlier. Donaldson always had a stellar reputation in baseball circles. Former Negro League ballplayers selected John Donaldson as their first-team left-handed pitcher in the definitive 1952 Pittsburgh Courier poll; and his amazing lifetime 1.37 ERA proves he belonged there. Other polls from savvy insiders like Tweed Webb and the Chicago Defender writers echoed this judgment. Donaldson's talent even prompted Hall of Fame manager John McGraw of the New York Giants to say, “I think he is the greatest I ever have seen and I would give $50,000 for him if it weren’t for the color line in baseball.” After the fall of the color line Donaldson made history by becoming major league baseball’s first full-time black scout for the Chicago White Sox. Although the records of Donaldson’s achievements will never be complete, what has been uncovered has re-established his reputation as the premier left-handed barnstorming pitcher in black baseball during his career with the All Nations and also as a great outfielder with the Kansas City Monarchs.

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John Donaldson Day Speech in Glasgow, MO

Posted on April 25, 2007

John Donaldson Day Speech - 22:50 - June 11, 2005 - johndonaldson.bravehost.com

Pete Gorton delivers speech about John Donaldson in Glasgow Missouri for Donaldson Day festivities June 11, 2005. The presentation centers on the career of John Wesley Donaldson after his stint in the Negro National League. Photos and insights delivered from Bramble Hall.

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