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The Negro Leagues Museum rights a wrong

Mar 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

I’ve written in the past about how, after the death of Buck O’Neill, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum screwed up by passing over O’Neill’s hand-picked successor, Bob Kendrick, and went instead with some political hack who I suspected would last a couple of years.  Well, the hack lasted a couple of years, screwed the place up a great deal, then split and that was that.

You usually don’t get a second chance to do the right thing in such situations because people move on to other jobs and stuff.  But the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is getting a second chance.  They’ve hired Kendrick to serve as president:

Kendrick’s love for the museum in the 18th and Vine district and its vision is helping him overlook the pain of being denied the job the first time. Brown called him in January asking, “Would you consider coming back to the museum if the opportunity presented itself, or are you just done with us?”

After much deliberation — two months of negotiations, in fact — Kendrick decided it was an offer he could not refuse.

As I’ve said before, I’m no expert on the Museum. Those who know a lot about it, however, including Sam Mellinger and Joe Posnanski are pretty good bellwethers.  Posnanski is pleased, and appears to be doing an about-face on his decision to walk away from the Museum.  All of this, it seems, is a good thing.

  1. cur68 - Mar 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    It’s on my top 10 places to go next year (admittedly Jessica Alba’s bedroom is #1; but I got a shot at the museum).

  2. BC - Mar 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Here’s a completely uninformed question. Are there any Negro League players still alive? It pretty much shut down by the mid 50’s I think, so you’d figure any living players would be at least 80.

    • cur68 - Mar 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      Hank Aaron (and probably others form his era). Indianapolis Clowns. That’s a jersey I really want, too.

      • BC - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        Didn’t realize Aaron played there. He came up in 1954 at age 20.

      • sdelmonte - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        I think Willie Mays did a very short stint in the league as well.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        Ernie Banks.

  3. bklynbaseball - Mar 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    There are still right around 100 Negro Leagues players still living, but we’re losing them fast. If you’ve never been to the museum, it’s a trip you must take, if you love this game.

  4. Chipmaker - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Minnie Minoso is still around too — but yeah, those who are still here are quite rich in years.

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