KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This February marks 100 years since the formation of the Negro Leagues in Kansas City.
On February 13, 1920, Rube Foster led a group of baseball team owners and managers who sparked the beginnings of an institution that changed Kansas City, black baseball and the trajectory of America’s Civil Rights movement.
FOX4 News is celebrating the history and spirit of the Negro Leagues, with stories that share insight about the characters of the day and their lasting legacy in the form of a nationally-known museum.
We're also looking ahead at efforts to safeguard the future of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for the next 100 years and beyond.
Then if you're interested in visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, learn more and plan your trip here.
If you're interested in learning even more history about the Negro Leagues, here are some books we'd recommend:
- “The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America” by Joe Posnanski
- “The Dizzy and Daffy Dean Barnstorming Tour: Race, Media, and America’s National Pastime” by Phil Dixon
- “Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Paperw with Black Baseball’s Greatest Visionary” by Larry Lester
- “The Negro Leagues Book: Volume 2: The Players, 1862-1960" by Larry Lester & Wayne Stivers