All-Star week boosts Negro Leagues museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum saw a big impact from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held July 10 at Kauffman Stadium.

Final numbers are not available yet, but the museum set a single-day attendance record on Sunday, July 8, with more than 1,000 visitors.

During the All-Star week festivities, extra buses ran from downtown to the museum, and the museum hosted a special, traveling exhibit called "They Were All-Stars," highlighting former Negro Leaguers who later played in the MLB All-Star Game.

"There's no resting on our laurels," said museum President Bob Kendrick. "Basically, the All-Star Game has now come and gone, and we still have a lot of work to do to be successful and move and repositioning this great museum into the place we want it to be."

Before the festivities, the city provided the museum more than $100,000 for improvements.

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