Exhibit Goes Behind Colorado’s Rich History Of African-American Baseball


RESEARCHERS SAY ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN BECAUSE IT’S UNCLEAR HOW MUCH LONGER THEY’LL BE WITH US. COLORADO’S BASEBALL TRADITION STARTED LONG BEFORE THE ROCKIES. YOU CAN TRACE IT BACK TO THE 1920s TO A TEAM CALLED THE DENVER WHITE ELEPHANTS. WHAT A NAME! YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT COLORADO’S ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA’S PAST TIME ON MONDAY AT THE LONE TREE ARTS CENTER. OUR JUSTIN ADAMS GOT A PEEK TODAY. I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, THIS STORY IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. REPORTER: BOB KENDRICK DEDICATED TO HIS LIFE TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE FORGOTTEN CHAPTER IN AMERICAN SPORTS HISTORY. THE NEGRO LEADS WERE CREATED IN AMERICAN SEGREGATION WHEN THEY WERE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE OF COLOR, SO THEY CREATED THEIR OWN LEAGUE. REPORTER: HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL NEGRO LEAD MUSEUM IN KANSAS, AND HE STOPPED IN COLORADO TO TALK ABOUT THE WHITE ELEPHANTS. THEY WEREN’T OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE NEGRO LEAGUE, BUT THEY WERE A DOMINANT TEAM PLAYING WHITE TEAMS. REPORTER: AND ON THAT ROSTER WAS THEODORE ANDERSON, THE ONLY COLORADO NATIVE TO PLAY IN THE NEGRO LEAGUES, THE SAME THAT HOUSED WILLIE MAYS AND HANK AARON. AND THIS IS JUST A SAMPLELING OF THE TALENT IN THE NEGRO LEAGUES. REPORTER: BUT THEY WERE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST BASEBALL, IT SHAPED AMERICAN HISTORY. THE PRIDE, THE PASSION, THE PERSEVERANCE, THE DETERMINATION WOULD NOT ONLY CHANGE OUR SPORT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT WOULD CHANGE OUR COUNTRY.

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