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A League of Our Own, The Negro Baseball League Exhibit

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  • Times: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (402) 932-7077
  • More Info: On Thursday, June 13th, the Great Plains Black History Museum opens its latest exhibit A League of Our Own, The Negro Baseball League Exhibit. The exhibit features photos, and baseball artifacts. It is said that in 1839, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball, but today’s game should be credited to Alexander Joy Cartwright. In 1845 Cartwright add the “diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-strike rule.” In 1920, Major League Baseball was founded, but their league did not allow African Americans to participate. So, that very same year we founded a League of Our Own, the Negro Baseball League. When the Negro League was founded it started off with, The Chicago American Giants, the Detroit Stars, the St. Louis Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, and the Indianapolis ABCs. These teams made up the core of the Negro National League. Because of segregation some people never had an opportunity to see these legendary National Baseball Hall of Farmers such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Wilber "Bullet" Joe Rogan, James "Cool Papa" Bell. It took 27years for Major League Baseball to integrate its league with the Brooklyn Dodgers’ signing of number 42 Jackie Robinson The exhibit will be on display June 12th through July 27th. The Museum is located at 2221 North 24th Street Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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