Negro Leagues Museum director, SABR member Bob Kendrick inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

From Kary Booher at the Kansas City Star on January 27, 2014, on SABR member Bob Kendrick:

At a place where a bronze bust of Buck O’Neil lines the Legends Walkway alongside Stan Musial and the Show-Me State’s other athletic greats, Bob Kendrick took a stroll and beamed.

Kendrick, the director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, spent Sunday touring the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame hours before his own induction in Springfield. At one point, he spotted a photo of pitcher Satchel Paige, enshrined here, too.

It was a reminder, Kendrick said, that the day was far greater than his induction.

“Certainly I am the guy who is accepting the award and it will bear my name, but it’s a testament to what the museum represents in the annals of baseball history and certainly its contributions to the sport in our state,” Kendrick said, and singled out the man who was long the face of the Negro Leagues museum.

“I think it also in some ways pays tribute to the work that Buck O’Neil in particular did to build that museum,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick was part of the Hall’s 15-member Class of 2014, which included former Chiefs running back Ed Podolak, Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee and Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane.

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Originally published: January 27, 2014. Last Updated: January 27, 2014.