Negro Leagues bobbleheads team launches on Kickstarter

To mark the upcoming centennial of baseball’s Negro National League, which was born in Kansas Metropolis, organizers hope to commemorate an honorary group of the league’s greatest gamers with a collection of special bobbleheads.

For instance, the first one, featuring pitcher Satchel Paige of the Kansas Metropolis Monarchs, already has been produced.

The Paige bobblehead stands in mid-pitch on a baseball-shaped base in front of a reproduction of the Kansas Metropolis YMCA at 18th Road and the Paseo, where the Negro Nationwide League was organized by Rube Foster on Feb. 13, 1920.

Manufacturing of the remainder of the licensed, limited-version bobbleheads will depend upon a Kickstarter marketing campaign launched Wednesday by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and the group Goals Fulfilled, which was shaped to advertise the Negro League centennial.

“The Negro Leagues Centennial Workforce collection will convey long overdue recognition to players who weren’t only among the many greatest to play the sport, but in addition early civil rights pioneers who helped pave the best way for integration in baseball and the country,” Goals Fulfilled founder Jay Caldwell stated in a press release.