With the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to town this summer, who isn’t excited for a little baseball? While the league’s most potent pitchers, fantastic fielders, and heroic hitters are visiting Kansas City, check out this lineup of awesome Library resources to celebrate America's pastime!
Growing up, I could never understand my dad’s fascination with baseball. He’d tell me stories of how he took the train with his grandfather into Milwaukee or St. Louis to see a Milwaukee Braves game or a St. Louis Browns game (the good old days before these teams changed locations and logos), and I could not have felt more disconnected. I was too young to understand the social impact of the great players like Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, and Lou Gehrig, or the opportunities created by the participation in the Negro Leagues or the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Summer is here and the living is easy, or so the old song goes. I do think summer is a special time of year no matter what your age. This summer in Kansas City is especially exciting if you are a baseball fan, like this writer, as our city is hosting a very exciting baseball event. All around town the week of July 8th, the city will be bustling with activities for all ages, as well as countless visitors to our city.
Stanislaw "Stan" Franciszek Musial, better known as "Stan the Man" Musial, is an example of a true American success story. Stanislaus Musial was born in Donora, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1920 to Lukasz and Mary (Lancos) Musial. Together they had six children: four girls and two boys. Stan's father, Lukasz, was born on October 21, 1890 in Poland. He emigrated to the U.S. on January 30, 1910 at age 16 and became a naturalized citizen on June 1, 1920. Mary Lancos was born in New York in 1897 and was the daughter of Czech immigrants.
Throughout the month of October, the Midwest Genealogy Center will be highlighting research by and information about various volunteers at MGC. The following is a compilation of genealogy research about baseball player Louis Boudreau, written by dedicated volunteer and avid researcher, Henry T.
What would America be like without baseball? Probably, not exactly what it is today. During a time of world conflict, there were some steadfast, courageous women in the workforce but also in the sports arenas.
Ah, Fall. The leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and brown, the days are cooler, but not so cool that you can’t enjoy a Saturday afternoon at a college football game, and of course, the Fall Classic, better known as the World Series. The 108th World Series featured the NL West Division winner San Francisco Giants against the AL Central Division winner Detroit Tigers. Whether you realize it or not, this World Series has a strong Kansas City connection.