Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution-Click below to purchase of for more information about this book
Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball-Click below to purchase of for more information about this book
The Negro Leagues were established in 1920 by Andrew Foster in a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA. A site on the National Register of Historic Places which is located two blocks from the Museum.
The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black Baseball-click the link for more information about this book by Janet Bruce
Backstory and Context
Through the inspiration of Horace M. Peterson III (1945-1992), founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, a group of local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players came together to create the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the early 1990s. The museum originally operated out of a small, one-room office in the Lincoln Building... The museum expanded to a 2,000 square-foot space in the Lincoln Building in 1994.
During the late 1990s, plans were underway by city officials to create a new home to showcase Kansas City's jazz heritage and to revitalize the Historic District. City officials and the mayor worked to raise over $20 million in bonds to build a new facility to host the new American Jazz Museum and a new, permanent and expanded, home for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This new 50,000 square-foot building opened in September 1997 and the Baseball Museum opened in November. The NLBM broke ground in early 2006 on a $15 million historical preservation and expansion project to restore the Paseo YMCA and convert the national landmark into the John "Buck" O'Neil Education and Research Center.
Peterson, Robert. Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams. New York: Gramercy Books, 1999.
Vincent, Fay. The Only Game in Town: Baseball Stars of the 1930s and 1940s Talk About the Game They Loved. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.