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A 1920 Meeting At The Paseo YMCA Gave Black Baseball A League Of Its Own

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Baseball player Buck O'Neil in his Kansas City Monarchs uniform.
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John "Buck" O'Neil played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League. He lived most of his life in Kansas City and went on to become one of baseball's greatest ambassadors.

One hundred years after the Negro National League was established, a Kansas City museum is finding ways to mark the anniversary amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The restrictions caused by the coronavirus have not stopped the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum from marking the 100th anniversary of the league that had the likes of Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson in its ranks. Its "Tipping Your Cap" campaign has U.S presidents, sports greats and everyday fans doffing their hats in honor of the National Negro League.

  • Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
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