July 06, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following video he recorded for the “Tip Your Cap” campaign, which is bringing together former presidents, sports icons, and fans across the nation to celebrate and raise awareness for the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. Blunt also thanked Bob Kendrick, President of the National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, for his important efforts to preserve the history of the leagues.
The Negro National League was created in 1920 during a meeting of team owners at a YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to 1920, teams barnstormed around the country playing whomever they could. The creation of the league brought some structure to the playing schedule, and other regional leagues were soon formed.
Earlier this year, the Senate passed Blunt’s bipartisan Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. After the U.S. Treasury has recouped all of its costs for designing and minting the coins, funds will be distributed to the National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which was founded in 1990 in Kansas City.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“It’s great to celebrate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. Founded in Kansas City, Missouri, the Negro Leagues boasted some of the most iconic baseball players in history.
“From Jackie Robinson to Buck O’Neil and Satchel Paige in Kansas City, and from ‘Cool Papa’ Bell to Willie ‘The Devil’ Wells and George ‘Mule’ Suttles in St. Louis, the leagues’ players transcended the game of baseball and helped break down the barriers of segregation.
“I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum many times and I always put it on my list of places to visit.
“I’m so appreciative of the work Bob Kendrick
and others have done to preserve the leagues’ legacy. Happy 100th anniversary.
It’s great to tip this Kansas City Monarchs cap to Negro Leagues Baseball