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MLB, MLBPA Donate $1 Million NLB Museum

Kyle McCann
June 21, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City today received an incredible donation from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. A $1 Million donation is intended to preserve the history of the league and, according to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, to help "young African-American players understand the Negro Leagues, understand the significance of the Negro Leagues to African-American history and to American history."   

The donation will help fund NLBM operations, services, and expanison, as well as the museum's educational and community programming. According to MLB.com, some of the funds will also go towards repairs on the YMCA in Kansas City where the Negro Leagues charter was signed in 1920. 

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, most of the Negro Leagues stars began joining Major League teams. Some teams folded into minor league teams and others completely disbanded before the Negro Leagues, in all its variations, officially ceased to exist by the 1960s.

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