Yesterday, in a press conference, the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame announced a new educational initiative: “Negro League 101” The press conference coincided with the 101st anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
During the event, Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame president Bob Kendrick announced a new educational initiative: “Negro League 101.” This initiative will include a series of programs, events, and virtual reality projects. Additionally, the museum is also developing digital content that will include the digitalization of two of its most acclaimed traveling exhibitions: “Negro Leagues Beisbol,” which celebrates the connection between the Negro Leagues and Spanish-speaking countries, and “Barrier Breakers,” a chronicle of all the players who broke their respective Major League Baseball team’s color barrier, from Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 to Elijah “Pumpsie” Green completing the integration cycle with the Boston Red Sox in 1959.
One of the series that the educational initiative will feature will be on the women who impacted the Negro Leagues. An example of that is Effa Manley. For those who aren’t familiar with Effa Manley, she was a businesswoman, who along with her husband, was part owner of the Newark Eagles from 1935-1948.
According to her Baseball Hall of Fame bio, “While attending one of the World Series games in 1932, Manley met her future husband, Abe. Nearly 15 years her senior, Abe had already established his reputation in the local community as a baseball man. Together they forged a partnership that resulted in the rapid rise to fame of the Newark Eagles, a team they owned from 1935 (moved from Brooklyn to Newark in 1936) until she sold the club to a group of investors in 1948.”
Another announcement that came out of this press conference was that the Negro League Baseball Museum also acquired a bat crafted by Lyman Bostock Sr., a former Negro Leaguer and the father of former Major League outfielder Lyman Bostock Jr from Penny Marshall’s estate. She directed the baseball move “A league of Thier Own.”
Fans can visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City on East 18th Street, between Vine Street and Highland Avenue, just across from the Gem Theater. There will be limited hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m., Sunday) increased sanitizing every day. Occupancy will be limited to 200 people at a time.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a privately funded, non-profit organization. Annually renewing memberships to support the museum are available, ranging from $25 to $1,000. Membership includes:
- Free admission for the year.
- A 10% discount on merchandise from the NLBM Extra Inning Store.
- Advanced information on special events.
Members also receive a gift and additional benefits at each level of support.