Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will be among the 15 inductees in the 2014 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame class.
Kendrick, has worked at the museum in Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Jazz District since 1998 and before that volunteered there for about five years. He served as marketing director and became the museum’s most prominent spokesman following the death of Buck O’Neil. He lost a narrow vote to become executive director in December 2008 but, following the resignation of Greg Baker, became president in March 2011.
He will join 14 others plus two high school programs for the induction ceremony Jan. 26 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield: Willie McGee, former Cardinals outfielder; Ed Podolak, former Chiefs running back; Mike MacFarlane, former Royals catcher; Luke Snyder, Raymore native and Professional Bull Rider; Gary Link, Missouri color commentator and former Tigers basketball player; Patty Viverito, Missouri Valley Conference senior associate commissioner; Andy Hill, Missouri associate football coach and former Tigers wide receiver; Jason Pyrah, two-time Olympic runner; Jack Steck, Drury and Missouri State swimming coach; Becky Oakes, director of sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations; Mark Adams, Missouri team physician; Tom Smith, Missouri Western basketball coach; Warren Turner, Missouri Southern baseball coach; Robert Penn, Brentwood High School football coach; Springfield Hillcrest and American Legion baseball programs; and the Parkway West swimming program.