KC's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum honors 100 years

Kansas City Monarchs, the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball's  Negro Leagues.

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is kicking off its year-long Centennial Celebration Tuesday night.

The VIP event will include an art exhibition containing 200 hand-painted portraits and 65 hand-painted baseballs depicting Negro League baseball greats.

Why kick things off on February 13th?  That's the date eight independent black baseball team owners gathered in Kansas City, giving birth to the Negro National League.

The VIP experience costs $100 per ticket.  If you'd rather catch it later for just the cost of admission to the museum, you can always visit the exhibition at a later date.  The exhibition opens to the public Friday and will remain open through May 31st.  

Museum Curator and Vice President Dr. Raymond Doswell says there are lots of activities throughout the year, including an annual favorite in May.

"The Kansas City Royals will host their annual Salute to the Negro Leagues vs the LA Dodgers.  The Dodgers will be wearing replica Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms in honor of Jackie Robinson, while the Royals will wear replica Monarchs' jerseys in honor of the Kansas City Monarchs, the former Negro League team here."

Doswell says the event's page updates often.  To keep abreast of all the activities associated with the Centennial Celebration, visit the museum's webite at:  https://nlbm.com/ or visit their Facebook page.