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Baseball HOF Faces Lower Turnout For '13 Ceremony With No Living Inductees
Published July 8, 2013
UNWANTED COMPANY? In K.C., Mike Hendricks reported plans for a new Negro Leagues museum in Birmingham are "not exactly welcome news" for Negro Leagues Baseball Museum execs, who "even object to the terminology" used by Birmingham officials. Museum President Bob Kendrick said, "We have some problem with them calling their project a Negro Leagues baseball museum. We own that name." But Kendrick has "far bigger concerns," and "chief among them is the financial impact the Birmingham project could have on museum attendance and charitable donations." Kendrick said, "It would be like building another National Baseball Hall of Fame. Why do that when we already have one in Cooperstown?” Chuck Faush, Chief of Staff for Birmingham Mayor William Bell, "declined to comment" as to whether the Birmingham project "will compete with the Kansas City museum for dollars and attention." He also "shared no specific information on the type of exhibits being planned." Faush said, “We really think we’re going to have a unique facility, honoring those who’ve given so much to the sport." Faush stressed that the museum "will largely focus on the role that Birmingham and the region around it played in the birth and development of Negro Leagues baseball" (K.C. STAR, 7/7).