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                "a love for the game"         



 ... is to provide opportunities for research, education, and advocacy; to encourage the efforts of youth and adults to work together to maintain a community resource center in honor of Negro Leagues Baseball, the players and associations.

SMNLB functions as a unique educational resource in Baltimore County and provides museum space that displays, honors, and preserves the artifacts and legacy of baseball players and associations; showing contributions to the cultural history of the United States.





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"Bert" Simmons     Audrey Simmons     "Ray" Banks  

 Hubert V. Simmons              Audrey L. Simmons             Rayner Banks    




       On June 28, 2008, Hubert V. "Bert" Simmons (now deceased), along with his wife Audrey L. Simmons, and good friend, Rayner "Ray" Banks gathered a group of relatives, friends, and acquaintances to meet and discuss plans for the development of a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  The timing was perfect as there was a rise in interest surrounding the Negro Leagues and its ball players.  Many of the players who were once considered "the greatest" of their time, had already passed and few remained. As a former Negro Leagues baseball player himself, Bert refused to face the possibility of losing such an important legacy in the history of our nation and thus, plans were underway to establish a museum. Here is the first opening at the basement meeting hall of the Lochearn Presbyterian Church.

 Negro Leagues Museum 1st Open 

       November 20, 2013, the Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz, announced the permanent location for the Museum at the new Owings Mills Metro Centre Complex.  The space would be appropriately shared with the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and the Community College of Baltimore County with the anticipation of having a grand opening in the Spring of 2014.

 SMNLB Pledge with Kamenetz  SMNLB Pledge with Kamenetz  SMNLB Pledge with Kamenetz
       The culmination is the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc.  The SMNLB administers projects designed to educate, advocate, and generate wide-spread interest surrounding the Negro Leagues, and provides an awareness of the cultural, social, and economical impact they made.  This is being accomplished by collecting, preserving, and displaying collectibles, photos, books, interviews, oral history, artifacts, and memorabilia that tell their story from the 1800's to the 50's. Additionally, our various programs have a high focus on youth to the principles of good sportsmanship & content of character which carried many of the veteran players to the national leagues and beyond.  Perhaps they too shall one day leave a legacy that will foster community, conversation, and "a love for the game".  
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You are encouraged to join the efforts of those who work towards this end. Please consider donating interesting photographs, books, and other artifacts to the SMNLB collection.

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