Since 1990, in the historic 18th & Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri, the gold letters of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum have emblazoned the brick building that stands as a home to countless stories of excellent athleticism. The Negro National League was founded in Kansas City in 1920.

The museum was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri, the place where the Negro National League was founded in 1920.

During the late 1880s and early 1900s, black baseball players began forming teams associated with the military, colleges and work. They were banned from playing on white Major League teams in the United States, but did become involved in "barnstorming," in which on occasion they would play unofficial games against other teams, including Major League teams.

The Negro National League, formed from a group of Midwest teams in 1920, played its first successful game at the YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri.
About the Author Dylan Hayley Leavitt
Dylan Hayley Leavitt was ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's digital associate producer from 2012 to 2017.