Taylor: ‘A window into the past’: Through painted portraits, a new exhibit at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum brings players into living color

From Nate Taylor at The Athletic on February 17, 2020, with mention of SABR members Graig Kreindler, Bob Kendrick, Larry Lester, and Phil Dixon:

Graig Kreindler stood in the back of the foyer and felt overjoyed.

In front of Kreindler, a respected painter, was around 200 people. The crowd gathered Thursday night at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for one of the biggest events in its 26-year history: the 100th anniversary since the birth of the Negro National League, the society-changing and inspirational operation that helped transform America.

The museum’s fundraiser, in which everyone donated at least $100 to commemorate the anniversary, placed Kreindler among his favorite type of people — those who have a deep love for baseball and art.

Known for his oil paintings of legendary baseball players or significant moments in the sport’s history, Kreindler smiled when he looked upon the men who donned suit jackets along with the baseball cap of the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the Negro Leagues’ most successful teams. Some women wore red dresses in honor of Buck O’Neil — the former Negro Leagues player and manager who established the museum — because he always chatted with a woman in such attire. And Kreindler spent almost the entire day alongside Bob Kendrick, the museum’s president.

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Originally published: February 18, 2020. Last Updated: February 18, 2020.