World’s only museum dedicated to preserving the history of African American Baseball. 

 

Some of greatest players ever.  Walk away from museum with greater appreciation of how great this company. 

 

Negro Leagues operated 20 years from 1920-1960, Jackie Robinson included.  Museum tells this story.  And it’s not a sad story.  Celebration of the power of the human spirit.

 

American spirit allowed the to persevere.

 

Negro Leagues were third largest black owned business in the country.  Insurance first, Madam CJ Walker second doing hair.  Had schools of cosmetology in every city. 

Negro Leagues third.  Buck O’Neill said all they needed was a bus, two sets of uniforms and 20 of the greatest athletes anywhere.   

 

Rube Foster a genius,  Greatest baseball mind sport ever seen that no one knows about.   Had vision.  Formed Negro Leagues,  interests in numerous teams.  Rube very wealthy but savvy enough in 1920s to take star players from some of his teams and dispersed them around league to create competitive balance.

 

Buck a quiet leader, when he talked he had something to say.  Knew how to get the most out of guys. 

 

Buck looked like shoe-in for 2006 MLB hall of fame, and it didn’t happen.  Devastating.  When he found out he was more excited for 17 of his colleagues did get in.   Gave greatest concession speech ever wrapping his arms around a room full of angry, bitter people and said it’s ok. One of most selfless acts.  Buck passed two months later at the age of 94.

 

Josh Gibson was a combo of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams according to Buck

Museum represents everything about our country.  America at its best and worst.  Not a story about adversity.  It’s about overcoming adversity.   Sorry that transcends race, age and gender. 

To become a member or for more info, visit www.nlbm.com.  At 18th and Vine in KC

Museum has to survive to keep the stories alive.

 

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