Board Member Highlight: Bob Kendrick

Music City Baseball is proud to highlight Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Under Kendrick’s leadership, the museum has blossomed into a destination for baseball fans near and far.

27 years ago, Kendrick, a copy writer for the Kansas City Star, first drew an assignment to cover the museum’s traveling exhibit. As it turned out, the exhibit, located in the same spot his current office sits, struck a chord with him.

“I considered myself a baseball fan,” Kendrick said. “But here was this entire chapter of baseball and American history that I really just did not know much about.”

Shortly after his visit, Kendrick began working with the museum in a volunteer capacity. Since then, with the help of Buck O’Neil, various fundraising efforts and “a lot of hope and prayer,” the incredible stories of the Negro Leagues have moved to a 10,000 square-foot home in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.

Now, he hopes to carry on their legacies.

“To bring MLB to Nashville, and to do it in an unprecedented fashion—the first MLB team named after a Negro Leagues team—would be so important.”