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Day 5: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

While driving into Kansas City MO, mcrochip and I noticed a sign at exit 4B for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. We decided pretty much on the spot that we would stop there before leaving Kansas City.

After breaking camp in the morning and a quick stop at Cabela's, we went to the museum, which shares a building at 18th & Vine with the American Jazz Museum (which we did not visit due to time constraints). Admission to the museum is $6 for one museum or $8 for both. A ticket stub from any Royals' home game is good for a $2 discount on admission for either the Negro Leagues museum or the joint admission; I do not think the discount is available for the Jazz Museum only. Photography is not permitted in either museum's exhibit areas, and you will be asked to check your camera at the admission desk (no charge for doing so).

This was an extroadinarily well-done museum that is well worth the price of admission. There is a short (15-minute) video presentation that runs every half-hour that gives a brief overview of the Negro Leagues from beginning to end. I recommend watching this video before continuing on to the museum's exhibits as it provides some context as you work your way through the remainder of the museum.

The museum itself tells the story of how the color barrier was established in baseball, the evolution of black baseball from a collection of independent teams to organized leagues, and the eventual dissolution of the leages following the acceptance of black players into Major League baseball.

What is compelling about the Negro Leagues was that the leagues were by their very goals designed to engineer their own demise. That many of the owners put the social importance of the integrattion of baseball ahead of their own self-interest makes for a moving story which is told very eloquently in this museum. I truly consider this museum a "must-see" for any serious fan of the game.

Following our visit to the museum, we headed north, ultimately stopping just outside Des Moines, IA for the night. We are heading northward to Minneapolis today for the Twins/Yankees game tonight.
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