The Negro Southern League Museum

Howdy howdy howdy. Today it was a struggle to stay dry in NOLA — the downpours and thunderstorms that have ravaged Texas are now upon us. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any major damage as far as I’ve heard, but I’m guessing the two sinkholes on Canal Street might be filled to the brim.

Anyway, here’s the second installment of stuff covering this week’s Negro Leagues reunion in Birmingham. Yesterday I unleashed some pics of the 21st annual Rickwood Classic, and this post includes a slew of pictures from my trusty iPhone 5s of the brand-new Negro Southern League Museum in downtown Birmingham, right next door to Regions Field, the current home of the Double-A Barons.

The museum, to say the least, is quite, quite impressive. Dr. Layton Revel and Co. did a phenomenal job. and best of all museum visits are free.

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully post some written thoughts about my hectic two days in Alabama, but for now, here’s some more photos …

Outside

Lineups

Chalkboard forming a mock up of the lineups for the 1948 Negro World Series between the Black Barons and the Homestead Grays, complete with game-used bats.

Balls

The start of the tour features thousands of baseballs signed by ex-players and managers. It was my favorite part of the museum.

Poster

A poster from the ’48 World Series.

Fences

Seats

The tour included a simulated portion of a stadium, including fences and seats.

Huntsville

A game-worn uniform from one of the teams in other parts of Alabama.

Ind 1

Ind 2

Ind 3

These three reflect the NSLM’s crucial emphasis of Birmingham’s influential industrial leagues, which launched the pro careers of dozens of local.

Wings

OK, remember when I said the framed baseballs were my favorite aspect of the museum? Well, this is actually tied for the top slot — a game-worn, 1958 uniform from Bill Greason when he played for my hometown Rochester Red Wings!

Bullet

I’m assuming y’all know this gentleman …

Pels

Finally … OK, remember when I said my two top items in the museum were a displays of balls and a Red Wings jersey? Yeah, umm, this one makes it a three-way finish — an authentic 1920s New Orleans Black Pelicans top. To make this display especially personal for me is the inclusion of several game-used items from Louisiana native Gentleman Dave Malarcher, one of my all-time favorite players and research subjects.

Tomorrow comes a little bit of prose … Thanks again for checking out the blog!

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