DATE:  February 4, 2021

Media Release

Chatham-Kent Public Library Hosts Virtual Author Visit with Brock Greenhalgh

Chatham-Kent Public Library is partnering with the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum to host a Virtual Author Talk with Brock Greenhalgh, author of “Hard Road to Victory: The Chatham All-Stars Story,” in recognition of Black History Month.

In the fall of 1934, more than a decade before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's colour barrier, a team of Black athletes blazed a trail for others to follow and earned the opportunity to compete for a major baseball championship. Brock will discuss how the Chatham All-Stars overcame societal hurdles that still persist today.

Join Brock for his Virtual Author Talk on Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 am. Brock’s presentation is approximately 45 minutes and best suited for children 8 years and older. Adults are also welcome.

Please register to attend this online author talk through Ask CKPL:

By phone – 519.354.2940

By text – 519.401.7174

By email –

By Facebook chat - @ckplibrary

Brock was first introduced to the Chatham All-Stars in 1989 when he was a summer student at the Chatham-Kent Museum. Brock knew the team’s story was something special and their story was the focus of his thesis at Wilfrid Laurier University. Later, he converted his thesis into a radio documentary. Brock wrote “Hard Road to Victory: The Chatham All-Stars Story” with a goal to help build momentum to secure the 1934 Chatham All-Stars their long-overdue induction (posthumous) into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. To learn more about Brock, visit

You can borrow “Hard Road to Victory: The Chatham All-Stars Story” from Chatham-Kent Public Library. Place a hold on it in CKPL’s catalogue at

Copies can also be purchased from the Black Mecca Museum,, and Net proceeds from the sale are being donated to the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society.


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