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About Negro Leagues History

BRINGING NEGRO LEAGUE PLAYERS TO LIFE

We have received several welcome comments since we started in September 2017 that our name, “Dreams Fulfilled” did not adequately express the intent of our web site, to promote the history of the Negro Leagues through original art and to support the Centennial of the founding of the Negro National League in 2020.

As a result of this feedback we have secured NegroLeaguesHistory.com and have adopted that as our primary web site. Over the past week we have moved all of our content to NegroLeaguesHistory.com. We will continue updating this site. Our previous web site, dfnlb.com, is redirecting to this new site.

Our mission remains the same: to celebrate the Centennial of the founding of the Negro National League on February 13, 1920 at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. The Negro League Baseball Museum (NLBM www.nlbm.com) selected us to stage an art and memorabilia show at the NLBM between February 1 – May 31, 2020. The exhibit will feature 320 pieces of original art depicting African-American, Cuban and other players who participated in black baseball from 1867 – 1955 as well as over 80 pieces of Negro League memorabilia including the earliest pieces known relating to African-American baseball dating back to the 19th century.

Baseball players of color, with a few notable but brief exceptions, were excluded from the National Pastime between 1867 and 1947. In their parallel shadow world, the baseball diamond was often a sanctuary for the players built on the principles of a meritocracy as it should have been without regard to race. This exhibit attempts to bring these players to life through the artwork. The accompanying stories focus on issues of Civil Rights encountered not only by the Negro League players but ordinary citizens in the daily conduct of their lives during this period as they coped and adapted to a society that did not view them as equals.

A portion of all proceeds from the products developed based on the artwork goes to the NLBM to advance their educational and conservation missions to preserve the legacy of the Negro League players. Additional royalties will be paid to the players’ estates for securing the rights to use of their likenesses in the products.

It is our hope this exhibit will be displayed in the future in museums around the country to honor these players who exemplified playing for the “love of the game” better than any others and whose perseverance in the face of discrimination led to the integration of Major League Baseball beginning with Jackie Robinson in 1947, marking the beginning of the modern Civil Rights movement.

The artists, support staff and I are all honored to have been selected by the NLBM to help celebrate this important Centennial in American history.

Jay Caldwell
Kirkland, WA
September 2017
November 2017