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Negro Leagues created in Kansas City 100 years ago today

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 12:10:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A special part of Kansas City is tied to the Negro Leagues.

On February 13, 1920, Hall of Famer Andrew “Rube” Foster and his fellow team owners met at what was once the Paseo YMCA at 18th and Vine. Foster showed up with a charter in hand and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the national Negro Leagues Baseball Museum stands just blocks from where the league was founded. The stories are as vast as the 100 years that have passed.

Sportsmanship, excellence, perseverance, competition and some of the best baseball players who ever lived make up the fabric and foundation we can all learn from today.

Throughout 2020, 41 Action News anchors Dia Wall, Kevin Holmes and Lindsay Shively will publish a collection of stories curated to take you on a journey through the time of the Negro Leagues and give our community something to celebrate alongside its centennial.

41 Action News is celebrating the Negro Leagues centennial in collaboration with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Click here to see more #NLB100 stories.