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Friday, August 30, 2013

COLOR BLIND

Tom Dunkel to discuss Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

On Saturday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will host Tom Dunkel for a discussion and signing of his book Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line. Copies of Color Blind will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

During the Great Depression, out in drought stricken North Dakota, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was put together by one of the sport's most unlikely champions. In Bismarck, a decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues, car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find, regardless of race, and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion. When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semi-pro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. Color Blind focuses on the wild world of independent baseball, with its tough competition and novelty, from all-brother teams and a prison team (which only played home games, naturally), to one from a religious commune that sported Old Testament beards. Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad, and follows them through their highs and lows, focusing on the 1935 season, and the first National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum have partnered to present the Swing into History program series this year. The focus is on baseball and its impact on American culture. The series will continue during the 2013 baseball season.

To make a reservation for this event call 816-268-8010 or email: kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

*Museum admission rates will apply. For Negro Leagues Baseball Museum hours, directions, and admission fees, visit their website.

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