'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sat back in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium earlier this season, his feet propped up on the desk, and spoke glowingly of his first visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The former marketing director of the landmark Negro Leagues Baseball Museum received a standing ovation from a crowd that included former Negro League and major league players when he was introduced Thursday as the new president of the now-struggling institution.
A fundraising campaign is under way to create an education and research center named for Negro Leagues star Buck O'Neil.
Much too belatedly, baseball fans who care (or should care) are learning about the game's rich and diverse role in black culture during the days when Washington and most of the nation writhed in the unforgiving grip of segregation.