April 5, 2006

April 5, 2006

Senate OKs Negro Leagues Museum Designation

WASHINGTON -- The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City is one step closer to becoming the nation's official museum to the sport's history.

The U.S. Senate approved a resolution that would give the museum national recognition.

Missouri Sen. Jim Talent sponsored the measure. He said that it will help the site draw larger crowds and raise more money for collections and exhibits.  The measure must still be approved in the U.S. House.

Since it opened in 1991, the museum has been the only one in the nation dedicated to those who played in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1970. More than 60,000 people visit the museum each year.