Sporting Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum have teamed up to celebrate Juneteenth and celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Negro leagues by launching a limited edition capsule collection for supporters.
The vintage capsule collection combines the nostalgic look of the Negro leagues with Sporting’s classic football threads, and has a T-shirt, a princely scarf and two different hats. The partnership honors Juneteenth – a national federal holiday observed on June 19 that celebrates the liberation of slavish people in the United States – while celebrating the rich history of Negro League baseball, which began in 1920 and paved the way for future generations of African-American athletes.
Celebrating the nineteenth. Celebrating freedom. Honors the history of Kansas City.
– Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) June 18, 2021
The capsule collection will be available from Wednesday as long as the items last in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Extra Innings Gift Shop, NLBM.com and at all SportingStyle locations in Children’s Mercy Park when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT (tickets). Pre-orders for the new items are now open at SportingStyle.com with pickup taking place at Mazuma Plaza beginning at 6pm CT on Wednesday.
As part of the launch, Sporting Kansas City will donate a portion of all capsule collection sales to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is excited to partner with Sporting KC to celebrate Juneteenth as we reflect on the difficult journey to freedom for African Americans as we celebrate and enlighten people on the triumphant history of the Negro leagues,” said Bob Kendrick, NLBM -president. “The Negro leagues helped build a bridge across the divide of condemnation, creating a path for African-American athletes to showcase their enormous talents and level the playing field. This collection beautifully captures the winning spirit. ”
“Through the seemingly inconsistent juxtaposition of football and baseball, the Sporting and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum tells of an important story that surpasses sport and resonates strongly in our city,” said Chad Reynolds, Sporting KC Creative Director. is rooted in black history, and we could not be more proud to celebrate Juneteenth in partnership with an iconic Kansas City institution like NLBM. ”
To bridge the gap between past and present, the capsule collection stems from a new partnership between Sporting Kansas City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum that began earlier this year. The unique partnership between local institutions creates a platform that honors history, educates fans, and strengthens community ties throughout the Kansas City area.
Sporting KC + Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Capsule Collection
- T shirt: Classic cream-colored top with “Kansas City” curved across the chest in baseball font with an NLBM tag on the sleeve and a red “KC Heart” jocktag as a tribute to the vintage look of the negro leagues.
- Scarf: A black and white pinstripe scarf design with the NLBM logo on one side and SKC and “KC Heart” on the back.
- Two hats: Black and dark gray versions with cream-colored “KC” sewn on the front and NLBM patch on the side.
Thursday Major League Soccer announced their own plans to recognize Juneteenth with a series of initiatives celebrating freedom. MLS programs include a limited edition jersey auction and two components that will highlight all the matches from 18.-20. June: Juneteenth-inspired numbers on all players’ jerseys and the game of Black National Anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”).
About Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Located in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic 18th & Vine District, NLBM is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on social development in America. NLBM is a privately funded 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1990. NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where the Negro National League was founded by Andrew “Rube” Foster in 1920. The site has been designated as the home of the future for John “Buck” O ‘Neil Education and Research Center. For more information, visit www.nlbm.com or call 816-221-1920.