Negro Baseball League Exhibit Displayed on N 24th Street
Proactivity is gaining traction through the North 24th Street corridor during the summer of 2019. There are new and ongoing efforts, particularly in the July and August events planning by the community. The Great Plains Black History Museum is a fixture in the area and offers time to reflect and to celebrate the history of Black athletes with an exhibit focused on baseball. “A League of Our Own” exhibit is an opportunity for locals and the wider community to catch the energy from those stories during this season.
It is said that in 1839, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball, but today’s game should be credited to Alexander Joy Cartwright. In 1845 Cartwright add the “diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-strike rule.” In 1920, Major League Baseball was founded, but their league did not allow African Americans to participate. That very same year, League of Our Own, the Negro Baseball League was founded.
When the Negro League was founded it started off with, The Chicago American Giants, the Detroit Stars, the St. Louis Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, and the Indianapolis ABCs. These teams made up the core of the Negro National League.
Because of segregation some people never had an opportunity to see the legendary National Baseball Hall of Farmers such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Wilber “Bullet” Joe Rogan, James “Cool Papa” Bell. It took 27 years for Major League Baseball to integrate its league with the Brooklyn Dodgers’ signing of number 42 Jackie Robinson
Visit the Great Plains Black History Museum to see its latest exhibit A League of Our Own, the Negro Baseball League Exhibit on display May 30th through July 27th. The Museum is located at 2221 North 24th Street and will have the showing at these times:
THU JULY 11; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FRI JULY 12 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SAT JULY 13 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
THU JULY 18 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FRI JULY 19 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SAT JULY 20 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
THU JULY 25 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FRI JULY 26 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SAT JULY 27 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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