Bob Kendrick, the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will update us on exciting new developments at the museum and in the surrounding 18th & Vine area at Monday night’s meeting of the South Kansas City Alliance. We will meet at 6:00pm on April 11th at the South Patrol Station, 9701 Marion Park Dr., (just south of the Home Depot on Bannister Road).
Mr. Kendrick’s remarks will focus on the KC Major League Baseball Youth Academy which will be constructed just north of the museum in Parade Park, and which will include new outdoor fields and an indoor facility. Funded by Major League Baseball and its players association, as well as by state and local governments, the facility will be run by the Kansas City Royals.
He will also update us on the museum’s plans to finish renovating the Paseo YMCA, where the Negro National League was founded in 1920, as the Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center, as well as on upcoming museum events this spring and summer.
Kendrick Outlines Plans for Baseball Facilities
New baseball fields, the first phase of the KC Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy to be constructed in Parade Park in the 18th and Vine area, should be completed this fall according to Bob Kendrick, president of the adjacent Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Speaking April 11 to the South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA), Kendrick said the Academy also will include an indoor training facility for boys and girls through high school age. He said play on the new fields is expected to begin next spring, and the indoor facility should be ready the following year.
Kendrick said the museum is also renovating the interior of the former Paseo YMCA where the Negro National League was founded in 1920 as the Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center. The exterior renovation of the 5-story building is basically complete. Kendrick said he hoped the first floor interior renovation will be done by November and that the rest of the renovation can be completed in about a year and a half.
He said the Center will house more exhibition space, a research library, event space and museum offices. One of the first exhibits planned, he said, will be called Barrier Breakers, which will be about the first African American players who began playing for each of the Major League Baseball teams during the 12 years (from 1947 to 1959) that it took for each team to add at least one African American player.