Passing The Torch
On August 20, 1999, I met with a MLB and Negro Baseball Legend John " Buck " O' Neil, whom had come to St. Petersburg
to participate in the Historical Walk Down Memory Lane and to meet with other Tampa Bay Legends, during a Salute to The Negro Leagues, that was hosted by the former Tampa Bay Devil Rays. After witnessing what was going on 16th Street,
pertaining to the Storytelling Wall Mural Series, the Growing Demand for more Negro Baseball Entertainment, the Old Timers that still wanted to play again and the Inner-city Youth, that wanted to learn about Negro Baseball as well as to Play The Game of Negro Baseball, John " Buck " O' Neil Passed The Torch to Bring Back Negro Baseball as well as to continue The History of African American Baseball over to me.
" Let History Begin.... Again "
The 1st Florida State / Tampa Bay Negro Baseball Series since 1960.
St. Petersburg Pelicans Tampa Black Smokers
Six Months after being Appointed by "Buck" O' Neil to bring back Negro Baseball, I hosted The 1st Florida State / Tampa Bay Negro Baseball Series since 1960, between the St. Petersburg Pelicans and Tampa Black Smokers.
Negro Baseball is back! In Louisville, KY
In August of 2001, 2002 and from April to Septemoer of 2003, I hosted my New Negro RNBI ( Reviving Negro Baseball in Inner-cities ) Youth Baseball Program to Over 1000 Inner-city Youth. This RNBI Inner-city Youth Baseball Program, was very successful in Tampa, Largo and St. Petersburg, Florida.
A Triple Crown Winner
Tropicana Field Brighthouse Networks Field Al Lang Stadium/Progress Energy 2000 & 2001 2004 2010
Since 2000, Thomas M. English has hosted 3 New Negro RNBI Baseball Games, inside of 3 Major League Stadiums.
And now I have an open variety of Multi-cultural and Co-ed BlackBall Players, Teams and Leagues from across the nation, that are on standby to participate in A Great American Effort to Bring Back Negro Baseball, a Black Major League and also to continue The History of African American Baseball, by way of The Next Generation of BlackBall Players " Our Innercity Youth " in an African American Baseball Production called,
The Big Experiment II
" The Return of Negro Baseball "
The Big Experiment II will involve New Negro RNBI Baseball Games, Weekend Tournaments, Playoffs, Championships,
WORLD SERIES and All-Stars. Along with a New Negro RNBI Baseball Museum, Storytellings by The Old Timers, Salutes to The Long Lost Legends, Vintage Games, Celeberty Guests, The Fans Can Play too and Much More. The Big Experiment II is also collaborating with The nXbl / National Extreme Baseball League, in hosting " A New Way of Playing The Game of Baseball " called " Double Diamond Baseball ", featuring The Tampa Bay Black Sox here in the Tampa Bay area.
FOX 13 News and Sports, NBC / News Channel 8, CBS / 10 Connects, ABC 28 News, Bay News 9, Florida's News Channel,
City of St. Petersburg City Channel 35, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, in Louisville, KY ABC 32 Sports and CBS 11 News and Louisville Times.
Sponsors, Supporters and Contributors
This New, Historic and Exciting Birth of A New Era, would not be possible, if not for the Love, Respect and Admiration from this partial list of Great American Sponsors, Supporters and Contributors.
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Our Lord Jesus Christ Play It Again Sports Budweiser Kindred Hospital Frito Lay Brighthouse Networks
St. Petersburg Times Tropicana Field Tropicana Field Domino's Pizza Budweiser WRXB am 1590
Tampa Bay Devil Rays TECO People's Gas TECO Louisville Times Louisville Bats Tropicana Field
The Home Depot Louisville Slugger Allen Sport Cnt. CBS 11 News Dean Milk Michelle B. Patty
Lowes Fox 13 Sports Tropicana Field City of Louisville Fisher's Meats
Sherwin Williams CBS 10 News Winn-Dixie Budweiser Sarah Lee
City of St. Petersburg City of St. Petersburg Tampa Tribune ACE Hardware City of Louisville
Weed and Seed City of Tampa City of Tampa Louisville Times Bridges Smith Paints
St. Petersburg Times St. Petersburg Times City of Louisville Scorpio's Tshirts
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Paulette M. Jones Hit World Ent CBS 10 News Al Lang Stadium
Affordable Reality Hit World Fox 13 News Allen Sports Center ABC 28 News
16th Street Plaza Pinellas Co, Urban League Hungry Howies City of Largo, FL NBC 8 News
Hammond Stadium Affordable Reality Scorpio's T-shirts Fay's Deli Great Bay Dist.
Paulette M. Jones 16th Street Plaza
Michelle B. Patty
And I would like to Encourage You Too, to become a Sponsor of This Great American Effort called The Big Experiment II.
Help! Help! Baseball Fans!
Iam Calling Upon All Baseball Fans to
Help Bring Back Negro Baseball with a DONATION
To help provide 100 Baseball Uniforms and More for 100 Kids and More.
Please send your Check or Money Order to
Coach Thomas M. English 1831 M,L,K Jr. Street So. Apt. 1 St. Petersburg, Fl 33705
" It Was Baseball Fans, that supported Negro Baseball in the past, " It Was Baseball Fans, that helped The 1st Black to cross the color line, and It Will Take Baseball Fans, to Bring Back Negro Baseball.
Thank You So Much