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Legislation #: 100088 Introduction Date: 1/28/2010
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 2/7/2010
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS CURLS, FUNKHOUSER, RILEY, SHARP, CIRCO, SKAGGS, HERMANN, FORD, JOLLY AND GOTTSTEIN
Title: Honoring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on its 20th anniversary.

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1/28/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/28/2010 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 100088

 

Honoring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on its 20th anniversary.

 

WHEREAS, on January 29, 2010, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will celebrate its 20 year anniversary by kicking off a great reception at its home at 18th & Vine Jazz District and on January 30, 2010, will host the dynamic 10th Legacy Award program featuring the super master of ceremony Roy Firestone, a team of major league baseball award recipients, other national celebrities, informative stories about the significance of the museum, music, and dancing which will be held at Bartle Hall; and

WHEREAS, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 and is a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball; and

 

WHEREAS, the Museum is located in the 18th & Vine complex and has multi-media displays, a store, hundreds of photographs and artifacts dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s; and

 

WHEREAS, African-Americans began to play baseball in the late 1800s but in 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player, manager, and owner of the Chicago American Giants, held a meeting with the Midwestern team owners and they all joined together to form the Negro National League; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1945, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American recruited to major league baseball and history was changed for the better but it brought the decline of the Negro Leagues and in the early 1960s the last Negro Leagues teams folded; and

 

WHEREAS, in June 2010, tribute to the Negro Leagues Baseball is being made with a 44 cent stamp from the United States Postal Office which will feature Andrew “Rube” Foster who is considered to be the “father” of Negro Leagues Baseball; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby honor the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on its 20th anniversary; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Greg Baker, Executive Director of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, with the congratulations of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City for preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball.

 

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