NEGRO LEAGUES CENTENNIAL TEAM BOBBLEHEAD SERIES: James Leslie "J.L" Wilkinson
Wilkinson was a white entrepreneur who pioneered black baseball as owner of the Kansas City Monarchs. He began with the Hopkins Brothers Baseball Club (1903-08), leading them away from league play and into barnstorming when that became more profitable, a tactic he would use again to save the Monarchs during the Great Depression. He then developed the Hopkins Brothers Championship Lady Baseball Club (1908-1911) and the All Nations Club (1912-1917) that formed the initial core of the Monarchs. Wilkinson was known as a players' owner, always willing to help a player with finances or advice. His Monarchs survived longer than any other Negro League team and sent more players (27) into Major League Baseball than any other team.
About Charity: Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history, and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Hall of Fame has grown into a 15,000 square foot interactive, educational, and entertaining museum that showcases some of the rarest and most important artifacts in Reds history, dating back to 1869. Located on Joe Nuxhall Way at Great American Ball Park, home of the Reds, the museum is open year round and has become a destination location for Reds and baseball fans everywhere.
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