Kansas City, Missouri. The heartland capital of museums. And it seems the most enlightening museum of them all comes from a league that’s been defunct since the 1950s.
Even if you’re not a baseball fan you’ve likely heard of the Negro Leagues. The segregated form of professional baseball was home to some of the game’s greatest ball players. Sure, you probably already know Jackie Robinson got his start with the Kansas City Monarchs before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, both Hall-of-Famers, were just two stars that would have dominated any league during their prime.
But there are many things about the Negro Leagues you wouldn’t even begin to fathom unless visiting their museum on 18th and Vine. Here are my favorite, eye-popping snapshots during my visit.
Josh is originally from the small berg of Arthur, Ill, proudly the Amish capital of the state. It also has one hell of a pumpkin patch.
Josh has enjoyed dipping his toes into a variety of careers since graduating from the University of Alabama, the most rewarding thus far having served as a youth director in southern California for four years, and his broadcasting career which has garnered two Emmy awards and three Edward R. Murrow Awards.
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