Oral Histories

Interview of Neale Henderson

Member of the American Negro League. Shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs.
Baseball, Race, and Los Angeles: Neale Henderson
Baseball, Race, and Los Angeles: An Oral History of Negro Leaguers of Southern California
African American History
Biographical Note:
Member of the American Negro League. Shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs.
Miles, La 'Tonya Rease
Henderson, Neale
Persons Present:
Henderson and Miles.
Place Conducted:
Henderson’s son’s home in Inglewood, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by La’Tonya Rease Miles; B.A., English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., English, UCLA; Ph.D., English, UCLA.Miles prepared for the interview by consulting The Encyclopedia of Negro League Baseball by Thom Loverro and Wilmer Fields; and articles from The Los Angeles Times.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording. It was transcribed by a professional transcribing agency using a list of proper names and specialized terminology supplied by the interviewer. Henderson was then given an opportunity to review the transcript and made a few corrections and additions. Those corrections were entered into the text without further editing or review on the part of the Center for Oral History Research staff.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This project is designed to document the lives of Negro League baseball players whose careers spanned the heyday of the league (1920s-1950s) and who grew up in Southern California, who played in the West Coast Professional Baseball League or the California Winter League, or who eventually migrated here. The series aims for a better understanding of the important role that Southern California played in the racial politics of baseball and that baseball played for African Americans in Los Angeles.