January 23, 2020
As our guest Raymond Doswell stated, “Baseball can provide a safe on-ramp to talk about these issues (segregation and race.)’ Providing that safe on-ramp is precisely what the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Mo. does in addition to showcasing the stories of world-class athletes overlooked because of the times they lived.
Here’s a link to the museum’s website: https://nlbm.com/. There is a great deal of interesting information about the sport and struggles of teams that included Satchel Page, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron and even Country Music legend Charlie Pride!
2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City. One of the founding teams of the League was the Kansas City Monarchs.
It was announced in January, 2021 that the Monarchs would reign again over Kansas City. The Kansas City T-Bones, the American Association of Professional Baseball’s local franchise, was renamed after the groundbreaking Negro League’s team.