- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A museum honoring black baseball players who formed their own league during segregation is set to open in Birmingham.

Mayor’s spokeswoman April Odom says the Negro Southern League Museum will open to the public Friday at 4 p.m. Officials say the space is a tribute to the Birmingham Black Barons and other players in the league.

Birmingham Barons officials say on the team’s website, the Black Barons became members of the Negro Southern League in 1920 and played its last game in 1963. The team won three pennants in the 1940s, and its roster included baseball legends Satchel Paige and Willie Mays.

Odom says the museum will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.



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