Posted by: charityinfo | November 5, 2011

Preserving A Unique Legacy

Although during the first half of the twentieth century, thousands of African-Americans played professional baseball, they did not do so in the Major Leagues. Shut out of the big leagues by an unwritten agreement among the well-heeled franchise owners of Major League Baseball, African Americans instead formed their own professional baseball leagues. At times, their games would draw tens of thousands of spectators; their players earned the respect of their Major League counterparts.

Jackie Robinson, 1951

After the symbolic introduction of star player Jackie Robinson to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 1947, the Negro Leagues began to lose more and more of their talent to the Majors. By the early 1960s, the Negro Leagues were nothing more than a memory.

Three decades later, a group of Kansas Citians resurrected the legacy of this chapter of African Americans’ history by opening the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. A principal reason for wanting to host such a national treasure in Kansas City was the legacy of KC’s own Negro Leagues franchise. The Kansas City Monarchs were essentially the most powerful on-field force in the history of the leagues.

Located in the historical center of Kansas City’s African American culture during the golden era of the Negro Leagues, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pitches a compelling and interactive visitor experience for baseball fans of all races. The facility is rich in artifacts from the last century, and does an outstanding job of presenting all of its treasures in an exciting context for fans of the game.

The not for profit NLBM  solicits financial support from the public through annual memberships. Members receive various perks respective to their membership’s level of cost.

Regardless of what types of perks you may take away from your membership, nothing quite beats the experience of visiting the museum itself. If you’re a fan of professional baseball, a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will always be a very rewarding visit, sharing a once-in-a-lifetime thrill of touching the golden age of America’s national pastime.

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