Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

KC Currents
4:25 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Paseo YMCA Takes One Step Closer To Reopening

Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

For years, the old YMCA building was an eyesore at the entrance of the 18th and Vine District. But over the last few years, the façade has been restored and the windows replaced. And, on the south wall, a giant mural has gone up of the legendary baseball player, coach and keeper of the Negro Leagues flame Buck O’Neil. 

The Negro Leagues got their start in Kansas City, when eight independent black baseball teams met at the Paseo YMCA in 1920. Buck O'Neil played for the Kansas City Monarchs, and had a major role in opening the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Tue April 23, 2013

'Kansas City Swing'

Kansas City's role in the integration of baseball is a popular subject these days. The recent release of 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball premiered in Kansas City, home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, this month. UMKC Theatre is also tackling the subject with the debut of its play Kansas City Swing.

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4:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...A Storm Is Brewing In Baseball

Rob Karma Robinson, as Satchel Paige.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The play Kansas City Swing is set in Kansas City in 1947 when the nation was on the cusp of great change.

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9:27 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Red Carpet Conversations About '42'

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, David Robinson (son of Jackie Robinson), actor Chadwick Boseman, actor Harrison Ford and NLBM's Bob Kendrick.
courtesy Kansas City Sports Commission

The movie “42” tells a story of baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who once played for the Kansas City Monarchs.  He broke the color barrier with his entry into Major League Baseball.  A recent sneak preview of the movie in Kansas City featured an appearance by iconic actor Harrison Ford and a handful of his co-stars.

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9:03 am
Fri April 12, 2013

'42' Screened In Kansas City

Greg Echlin KCUR

As a benefit for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission, the movie "42" was shown on Thursday night at the AMC theaters on Barry Road.  The chilly temperatures didn't stop those who gathered near the red carpet to get a glimpse of an A-list actor.

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9:53 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Actor Harrison Ford And '42' In Kansas City

Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman in '42'
D. Stephens Courtesy Legendary Pictures Productions LLC

Actor Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey in "42," the movie on baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson to be released next month.  Rickey is the former general manager who signed Robinson to break the color line in Major League Baseball.  Ford will be in Kansas City next month for a special screening.

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Central Standard
5:28 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Project Fly-Threads Inspired By History

Project Fly - The Wilkinson Dress Shirt

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has teamed up with the KC clothing boutique Method to provide young men with a smart "fly" dress shirt as they embark on interviews that can transform their lives.


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Missouri Statehouse
7:26 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Rejects Senate Budget Bills

The Missouri House rejected most of the budget bills passed last week by the Senate.  The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations. 

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KC Currents
8:36 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Bob Kendrick Leaves The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Bob Kendrick at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Kansas City, Mo. – For the past twelve years, Bob Kendrick has been a passionate voice on behalf of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 18th and Vine. As marketing director, Kendrick worked closely with the late Buck O'Neil to promote the legacy of black baseball. But last year, in a controversial move by the museum's board, he was passed over when they selected a new president.

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