KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is banking on a boost from All-Star game festivities in Kansas City this weekend as it continues to recover from the brink of closure.
The museum had fallen on hard times during the economic downturn, due in part to politics and in-fighting. But the museum has largely recovered over the past year, just in time for Major League Baseball to bring its annual Midsummer Classic to its doorstep.
Events are planned throughout the weekend at the museum, located in the historic 18th and Vine District. Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson are among the stars involved.
Museum president Bob Kendrick won’t even hazard a guess as to how many people will push through the turnstiles, but he expects a financial windfall approaching $500,000.