The 98th anniversary of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Tuesday came with a big gift from Kansas City Southern: $100,000.
Museum President Bob Kendrick announced the donation along with the debut of a new exhibit celebrating the women of the Negro Leagues.
The exhibit, called “Beauty of the Game,” looks at the contributions of women both on and off the field. Three women — Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Connie Morgan — played against the men in the Negro Leagues of the 1950s for the Indianapolis Clowns. Effa Manley ran the Newark Eagles.
The exhibit includes rare photos and bronze busts of Stone, Johnson and Morgan.
The Negro Leagues was created at the Paseo YMCA by Andrew “Rube” Foster.