Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
February 19th, 2016
why was it historic?
> There was a time when Major League Baseball was an all white boys club. There was a point in time when Black players & Hispanic players weren’t allowed to play in the majors. Due to Racism, Segregation & Bigotry this was allowed. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. That exactly what the Black players did, they created their own league, The Negro League. A Collection of mostly Black owned teams featuring Black players who would barnstorm all over the country playing against other Negro teams. There were Black players on white Minor League teams in the early 1900’s but none were allowed to play for the Major League teams.
> There was basically two incarnations of the Negro leagues. The 1st was founded by Andrew “Rube” Foster an African American Player & Owner of his own team the ultra successful Chicago American Giants. He was the one who organized the whole League and it thrived from 1920 until 1932 when the Great Depression hit the league folded. However, he left the blueprint for someone else to use and expand on it. In 1933 well known businessman and Illegal numbers racketeer Gus Greenlee purchased the Pittsburgh Crawfords and reorganized the Negro Leagues and for the next decade and a half it remained until 1949 when the disbanded this time for good. The main reason for the second failure was due the integration & success of Jackie Robinson into the Majors when he Joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The talent pool dwindled turned to MLB and the last remnants of a “Negro League” went away by 1952.
> Here is where the Negro League Baseball Museum comes into play founded in 1990 by former Negro League Players Alfred Surratt & Buck O’Neil to pay homage to the story, players & owners of what is widely known as “The Negro Leagues”. Beginning in 1971 Major League Baseball officially acknowledged the accomplishments of the Negro League and inducted Satchel Paige in the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY. Satchel was the first but he wasn’t he last there are over 30 Negro League Players, Executives & Owners in the MLB HOF. The Museum has been at it’s current & permanent location since 1997. Another interesting fact is that Negro League Baseball Museum is also paired with the American Jazz Museum, if you play your cards right you can get kill 2 birds with one stone and see them both in a single visit.
Location: 1616 East 18th Street Kansas City, MO 64108
Commentary: Can’t say much other than being in awe of the accomplishments of all of the people involved with the Negro Leagues. It’s a true testament to going for it, they didn’t let them play so they made their own way. I would love and plan to visit the Negro League Baseball Museum. So if you’re ever in Kansas City,stop by cause i will, #Thankyou
*Contribution by N. Murray, Thanks Cuz!