Library presentation to explore legacy of African American baseball team

022715monarchs_vs_lyndoon_sThe Friends of the Osage City Public Library will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library community room, 515 Main St., Osage City. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

A 1929 game scorecard gives the account of a game between the Lyndon team and the K.C. Monarchs. Graphic from Osage County Historical Society.

Phil S. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members.

“The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

For more information, contact the Osage City Public Library at 785-528-3727, stop by at 515 Main St., Osage City, or see www.osagecitylibrary.org.

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