Calling out to Kansas City
Baseball. The series introduced America to the greatest ambassador in the history of the Negro Leagues, John Jordan O'Neil, better known to everyone as Buck. O'Neil shared so many memorable stories of the League; I couldn't help but get hooked and want to learn as much as I could. Since then I've wanted to get to Kansas City and the museum. I'm excited that I'll finally get to experience it. My only regret is that I didn't get there before O'Neil's death in October 2006.
I know Kansas City is famous for their barbeque and jazz. I plan on experience plenty of both. Other than that, what else is there to experience in your city, Kansas City? K.C. writers and fans I am reaching out to you. Any help that any of you can give would be greatly appreciated and I can't wait to visit your great town. Thanks in advance, everyone!
You might be wondering why a Brewers' fan is writing to Royals' fans. Other than being small market teams there really isn't much in common with the two franchises.
So anyway, on to the point of this article. I'm planning a mini-vacation the last week of March and chose Kansas City based mainly on my passion to visit the Negro League Museum. My greatest love in baseball is the history of the game and to me some of the best moments of that history took place in the Negro Leagues. Everyone knows Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Buck Leonard. But how many people know Oscar Charleston, Hilton Smith and John Henry Lloyd?
The modern resurgence of interest in the Negro League came in 1994, with the release of Ken Burns' epic documentary,