Negro Leagues Baseball Hall of Game
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and illuminating the rich history of black baseball. The museum, built in conjunction with the adjacent American Jazz Museum at the famous 18th & Vine District, has become an iconic piece of Kansas City’s social and entertainment culture. NLBM is a privately funded, 501c3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1990. The museum’s inception brought together the vision of a group of Kansas City business leaders, historians and former baseball players, headed by the legendary John “Buck” O‘Neil.
The Hall of Game
Beginning in 2014, the NLBM launched a major awards event entitled “Hall of Game” to honor former Major League Baseball greats from the post-Negro Leagues era who played the game with passion, determination, flair and skill exhibited by the heroes of the Negro Leagues. These stars are inducted during a gala in Kansas City each year surrounding the week of Jackie Robinson Day. The evening includes the presentation of the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Game tributes will be part of the new Buck O’Neil Education Center at the Paseo YMCA building, the site where the Negro National League was founded in 1920.
The establishment of the Hall of Game and its annual celebration event has two distinct purposes: 1) to provide an avenue for NLBM to continue garnering attention for one of the greatest stories in American history in conjunction with the date synonymous with the integration of baseball, and 2) to serve as a significant fund-raiser to increase NLBM’s ability to stay relevant with technology, community programming and to complete the Buck O’Neil Education Center.
Premier’s role in the Hall of Game includes:
- Strategic direction of the event and leading the organization’s steering committee
- Sponsorship packaging, sales and implementation
- Overall event management, including coordination with all award winners
- Production of awards show
- Development of media partnerships and publicity