A new exhibit at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City explores the cultural and historical connections between the Negro Leagues and Latin American baseball with special baseball art to help tell the story.
Besides rare memorabilia and never-before displayed photos from museum archives, “Negro Leagues Beisbol”, which opened last month, features unique paintings on vintage baseball gloves by artist Sean Kane (http://www.SeanKaneBaseballArt.com).
“Baseball has bridged the gap between race and cultures unlike any other sport. Our new exhibit is an enlightening examination of a shared legacy that many baseball fans never knew existed,” said museum president Bob Kendrick.
Five of Kane’s intricate paintings are on display — players who exemplify this rich history — including portraits of Cuban greats Martin Dihigo and Minnie Minoso, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays (both former Negro Leaguers who played in Latin America), and Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente.
Speaking about Kane’s painting of Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo, Kendrick said, we’re “thrilled to unveil an original piece from Sean Kane as part of our new exhibit.”
The Dihigo painting will remain in the museum’s permanent collection and will become part of a traveling exhibit slated to tour all 30 MLB ballparks.
“His work is amazing,” said Kendrick.
You can read more about Kane’s unique paintings here.
The exhibit at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum continues through Sept. 30 and is free to the public.