MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Baseball fans in Montgomery have the chance to view an historic museum on display at Riverwalk Stadium. Until Saturday, the Negro League Museum exhibit honoring the history of Negro League Baseball and its players will be housed by the Biscuits.
"We thought this would be a great homage to everything happening in downtown this weekend, because the Negro Leagues were an important part of baseball's history and baseball's past, so we're happy to have it here at Riverwalk Stadium," said Montgomery Biscuits General Manager Scott Trible.
According to the Negro League Baseball Museum, African-Americans began playing baseball in the late 1800s. In 1920, an organized league took to form when Andrew "Rube" Foster established the Negro National League with other rival leagues forming soon after.
The display opened Thursday night when the Biscuits returned home to open their series with the Mobile Baybears.
Trible mentioned wanting to have the Negro League memorial in town at the same time as the EJI memorial and museum grand opening.
"We really wanted it to tie in with the whole weekend and work in conjunction with EJI and all the stuff they were doing," Trible said.
The exhibit lists the long history of the Negro Leagues, including its greatest players like Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. It's a multi-fold panel that lists other things like the Negro League champions and players inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Trible agreed that Montgomery's storied history adds to the importance of the museum being on the concourse of Riverwalk.
"Montgomery is such an historic city, and again, those roots go all the way back into baseball as well," said Trible. "Baseball was played here all the way back in the 1800s and very few people realize that or understand that, so a lot of those teams early on were Negro League teams that would travel the country and go city to city from Mobile to Birmingham and all over the south. And so a lot of teams would play here in Montgomery. To be able to have this museum here to kind of pay homage to that and give people today a little bit of history about that is really special."
As well as hosting the panel Thursday, the Biscuits also gave out shirts with Jackie Robinson's name and No. 42 on the back to recognize the impact of civil rights on baseball. Robinson is most notably known for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1945.