KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Twenty-five years ago, no one thought a tiny, new museum would last, much less grow to what's now considered the national Negro League Baseball Museum.
That's according to museum president Bob Kendrick, who headed up an event Saturday night, celebrating the museum's silver gala. Kendrick gave FOX 4 a tour Saturday morning of some of the exhibits that have become fan favorites for baseball lovers.
The museum chronicles the stories of some of the Negro League's greats, including Hank Aaron, who was one of several star guests at the Bartle Hall event.
"It mirrors what happened in the Negro Leagues. No one gave the Negro Leagues a chance of succeeding. They operated for 40 years and ultimately changed the way the game was played. Much was the same for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. We defied the odds and here we are 25 years later," Kendrick said.
The funds raised Saturday night will help the museum meet its goal of building a new education center honoring the late legendary manager Buck O'Neil.