Just across the way you’ll find yourself at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, another institution that helped to shape Kansas City. Before the integration of Major League Baseball, black players faced off against one another in games that showcased the talent and skill of some of the game’s all-time greats.
Kansas City was home to the KC Monarchs, the two-time Negro Leagues World Series Champions and first ball club for the most influential players of all time—Jackie Robinson. Before he broke the color barrier in 1947 by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the hall of famer played right here in KC.
The 2013 film 42, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, chronicles Robinson's historic transition to the majors, and begins with his time here as the star player for the Monarchs. The production held a special premiere of the film in KC to honor the Negro Leagues Museum and Kansas City’s role in Robinson’s career.
Head into the museum and you’ll find yourself viewing a short documentary about the history of this groundbreaking league—and don’t be surprised if you recognize an iconic voice narrating the film. James Earl Jones, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader (the galaxy’s greatest villain in the Star Wars franchise), voiced Mufasa from Lion King, and starred in Field of Dreams, lends his iconic voice to this inspirational documentary.