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This image is believed to be the only know image of the old Stars Park that stood in St. Louis in the 1920s.
Missouri Historical Society

A rare find by a Missouri Historical Society archivist is proving to be a valuable link to a chapter of St. Louis’ baseball history from nearly a century ago. It’s the only known image of Stars Park, a baseball stadium that was home to a Negro National League team in St. Louis.

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has rejected 12 of the 13 budget bills passed last week by the State Senate.

The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations.  However, some House members took the opportunity to criticize the Senate for cutting more than $3 million from the state’s tourism budget.  State Rep. Don Ruzicka (R, Mount Vernon) urged House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) to try to get the cut restored.

Buck O'Neil inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Feb 27, 2012
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

Major League Baseball's first black coach has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

The late Buck O'Neil, who played first base for the Kansas City Monarchs and went on to become a leading ambassador for Negro Leagues Baseball, was praised by former Kansas City Royals player Frank White and others during a ceremony Monday.

A bronze bust of O'Neil will now be included in a display at the Capitol.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 14, 2011 - The fact that noted St. Louis author and essayist Gerald Early is a baseball fan comes as no surprise to the millions of Americans who have viewed filmmaker Ken Burns' popular PBS documentaries on baseball and jazz. Early, who served as a consultant and commentator on the Burns documentaries, has written extensively on both subjects.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2009 - Last Wednesday, as Major League Baseball remembered the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, Sam Taylor watched several of the celebrations on television from his Centreville, Ill., home.

Taylor is one of a vanishing number of Americans. He is a former player in the Negro Leagues. His mind is clear, his voice is strong and his love for his former teammates remains steadfast.

'Shades of Greatness' uses baseball to spark reflection

Jan 19, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2009 - What if Jackie Robinson never signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers? Artists in the "Shades of Greatness" exhibit pose this question while challenging audiences to take a different approach to art and to African-American history.