Negro Leagues

Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s all-time greats as a player and as a person off the diamond, died Friday. He was 83.

His sunny disposition and skills on the field took off when his professional baseball career began with the Negro Leagues in Kansas City. Cool Papa Bell, another former Negro Leagues player and a Baseball Hall of Famer, tipped off Kansas City Monarchs manager Buck O’Neil on the raw abilities of Ernie Banks.

At the time O’Neil, who died in 2006, had not seen Banks play.

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Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Kansas City Star reports that "the fountain/heart logo is on the official flag of the city. And a similar logo makes up the official seal."

That won't change unless it's brought before the City Council for a vote. So, this new image will serve as a secondary brand, a marketing logo.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Black Baseball Stars Honored By Stamps

Jul 15, 2010
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Postal Service has taken wraps off two commemorative stamps honoring baseball leagues that led the way toward racial integration. The stamp issue came at the Kansas City Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Thurgood Marshall Jr. of the Postal board of Governors noted how Jackie Robinson's 1947 breaking of the color line led to integration of sports and society and politics.