Former slave Tom Bass had quite an impact on American Royal Horse Show

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KANSAS CITY, Mo --President of the Negro League Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick joined FOX 4's Mark Alford to talk about Tom Bass, who was known for his love of horses.

Bass was a former slave, born in 1859 Columbia, Mo.

Bass invented the "Bass bit," which is a horse bit that protects a horse's mouth during training.

Kendrick said that it was Bass' idea to come to Kansas City to do a horse show.  The show then expanded to become what is now known as the American Royal.

Bass was the first African American to perform at the American Royal Horse Show. He now has a building named for him there. Bass also had a huge training facility on what is now Broadway according to Kendrick.