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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum receives $1 million gift from MLB, players union

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum received a substantial gift on Wednesday from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and players association executive director Tony Clark were at the museum on Wednesday to announce a $1 million donation to the NLBM. Clark proposed the idea to Manfred of creating a partnership with the museum about a year ago.

“Whenever you try to rebuild something like rebuild African-American participation in our game, you need a great foundation,” Manfred said. “The foundation of our effort with respect to African-American players had to be an effort to make young players understand the Negro Leagues, understand the significance of the Negro Leagues to African-American history and more broadly, to American history…..

The $1 million donation (split evenly between the MLB and MLBPA) matches a gift from Julia Irene Kauffman as the biggest in the history of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

“Both entities have been supportive the museum over periods of time,” NLBM president Bob Kendrick said. “But this is the first time that we’ve sat down and looked at a cooperative kind of collaborative relationship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces fourth annual ‘Hall of Game’ class

Al Oliver, Tony Perez, Lee Smith, Maury Wills and Dave Stewart will be honored by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in June.

Oliver, Perez, Smith and Wills will be inducted into the Kansas City museum’s fourth “Hall of Game” class, which was created by the museum in 2014 to recognize players who “competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues.” Stewart, a former major-league player, coach and executive, will receive the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award for “career excellence in the face of adversity.”...

The 2017 Hall of Game induction ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. June 10 at the Gem Theater. In addition to the induction ceremony, Hall of Game honorees also will be recognized in the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center at the former Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues. Tickets are available by calling 816-221-1920 or at nlbm.com.

 


 

 

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