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"The Baker League," a long-awaited documentary film about the history of The Baker League, will be shown May 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The International House Theater, 3717 Chestnut St.

"This is big," said Delgreco Wilson, managing director of Black Cager, a sports-focused print and digital media company based in the Delaware Valley. Wilson was at the forefront of creating the Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Fame, which enshrined its inaugural class last December.

"We need this," he said. "All we have is an oral history. This [documentary] changes that. It gives these guys a chance to be stars again. It gives them a chance to show their kids and grandkids what they did."

Tony Paris, who did an outstanding documentary on the late great Wilt Chamberlain, has put together footage showing players such as Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd, Gene Banks and Joe "Jellybean" Bryant playing in the summer league. The action, at Temple University's McGonigle Hall, was always competitive and fast-paced.

Tickets for the documentary are $10. For more information, email Wilson at blackcager@gmail.com.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY men's basketball coach Doug Overton has long been considered one of the "good guys" in Philadelphia-area sports. A former high school star at Dobbins and later at LaSalle University, Overton spent 11 years in the National Basketball Association as a player and a few years as an assistant coach. He got a chance to become a head coach this past season at Lincoln. He guided the Lions to a 7-20 overall mark but with a little luck, they could've garnered a few more victories.

On April 30, Overton was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He is free on $10,000 bail. According to the court docket, five witnesses told police they saw Overton exposing himself on the Cynwyd Trail in Lower Merion Township.

Overton, through the public relations firm of Jeff Worden, issued a statement that said he was relieving himself in what he thought was a discreet area.

"Unfortunately, it appears I wasn't as discreet as I thought, and some misinterpreted what they saw. I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment and the confusion it caused," he wrote.

Anyone who knows Overton knows that he is a young man of high moral standards. He has always conducted himself in a gentlemanly way and has never been known to speak out of character. He has been an excellent role model for youngsters and will continue to be someone to look up to.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES ALL-STAR outfielder Adam Jones received a standing ovation at Boston's Fenway Park one night after dealing with racial epithets and having peanuts thrown at him during a game against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox management apologized to Jones for the rude fans. Jones has taken the high road and moved on from the incident.

However, the problem remains. This is 2017 and to think incidents like this still occur is heartbreaking and shameful. There was a time when playing professional baseball in Philadelphia was hazardous to an African American.

Dick Allen, who at the time was called Richie Allen, was the subject of name-calling by fans at Connie Mack Stadium. Allen wore his helmet when he was in the field because he didn't want to get hit by a foreign object. And he played for the home team - the Phillies.

People tend to mistake passion for many things. Fans, which is short for fanatics, should remember that the guy who they're booing or throwing a battery at has a family. He has people who are depending on him. He makes a living playing a sport. That doesn't give you, the fan, the right to belittle or injure him.

FORMER OVERBOOK HIGH SCHOOL basketball star Kevin Washington, who is currently YMCA of the USA president and CEO, along with former track stand out Deworski Odom will be inducted into the Overbrook High School Hall of Fame at the 26th annual OHS Hall of Fame banquet on May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bala Golf and Country Club, 2200 Belmont Ave. Also being inducted are Ty Stephens, an award-winning singer-songwriter and pastor Troy Davis Sr.

Tickets are $60 or $65 at the door. For more information, call Janine Gant at (267) 688-5680, MacArthur Littles at (215) 850-1412 or Paula Hatten at (610) 405-6456.