Speaker To Bring Area Baseball History To Life

FAIRBURY – Baseball fans will want to pay a visit to the Fairbury Public Library Saturday for a special presentation by Phil Dixon titled “The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown”. Dixon is a baseball historian with expertise in the Negro Leagues that existed before and after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Dixon’s talk will focus on Kansas City’s Negro League team, the Monarchs, who played exhibition games in Fairbury on three different occasions.

:38     “…keep it alive.”

Dixon will share the stories of a number of Negro League stars who made the trip from Kansas City to Fairbury.

:28     “…the team there.”

Dixon says small towns like those in Nebraska in Kansas were crucial to helping teams like the Monarchs make enough money to keep playing in the early days and again after Robinson broke the color barrier.

:52     “…there after integration.”

Dixon has been traveling to 200 towns the Monarchs visited to give his talks about the team and the local teams they played against. He encourages fans of all ages to come learn about the area’s history.

:11     “…forty years ago.”

Dixon will be speaking at Fairbury Public Library Saturday at 10:30 a.m. then in the Union Bank basement in Pawnee City that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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