We are the ship; all else the sea!

-Andrew "Rube" Foster

On February 13, 1920, Andrew "Rube" Foster led a meeting of eight independent Black Baseball team owners at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, MO. Out of that meeting came the birth of the Negro National League, the first successful, organized professional Black Baseball League. A league born out of segregation would become the driving force for social change in America.

A century later, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is leading a national, yearlong celebration to commemorate one of the most important occurrences, not in baseball history but American history!


The NLBM began in 1990 in a small space with a big dream: to establish a museum that would give proper tribute to America's unsung baseball heroes. In 1997, under the leadership of the Museum's late chairman John "Buck" O'Neil, the NLBM moved into its 10,000-square-foot home inside a cultural complex known as the Museums at 18th & Vine.

Since that time, the NLBM has welcomed more than two million guests and today is recognized as "America's National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum," as designated by the United States Congress in 2006.

In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary, the NLBM has launched its first-ever national individual fundraising campaign with a goal of raising at least $1 million through a historic $100-for-100 campaign. Proceeds generated will support:

Program Development
Admission for Underserved Students
Traveling Exhibit Development
Technology Upgrades

Donation Tiers


Centennial Refrigerator Magnet


Centennial Coffee Mug


Centennial Refrigerator Magnet
Donor Recognition in Yearbook


Centennial T-Shirt
Donor Recognition in Yearbook
Centennial Yearbook


Centennial T-Shirt
Centennial Adjustable Baseball Cap
Centennial Yearbook
Donor Recognition in Yearbook


Choice of any four premiums:
Centennial Portfolio
Centennial T-Shirt
Centennial Baseball Cap
Centennial Boxed Coaster Set
Centennial Mug
Donor Recognition in Yearbook
Centennial Yearbook

Help us keep the legacy of the Negro Leagues alive for future generations! Can we count on you to be "One in a Million?" Pitch in TODAY to our Centennial $100-for-100 campaign.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible.

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Centennial Events

Feb 13

Press Conference for Announcement

Graig Kreindler Exhibit Opening (public)

Private Reception for Kreindler Exhibit (6pm-9pm)

Apr 11

Jazz & Jackie (8pm, Gem Theater)

Apr 15

Barrier Breakers Exhibit Grand Opening

May 02

Oscar Charleston Salute (Indianapolis)

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