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Press Release - Free Public Program coming on Kansas City Monarchs and Local Baseball History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2015
Contact: For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792 or eholland@nd.gov

Free Public Program coming on Kansas City Monarchs and Local Baseball History

BISMARCK—The public is invited to attend a free presentation by national author Phil S. Dixon titled, “The Kansas City Monarchs in our home town,” on Sunday, June 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Dixon is on a national tour visiting 90 cities presenting the unique history of the Kansas City Monarchs and games played in Bismarck.

“Most people have heard of Jackie Robinson, some have heard of Satchel Paige, many have heard of the Kansas City Monarchs but few know how connected they were to Bismarck. In honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Monarchs’ first World’s Championship in 1924, I am returning to 90 cities where they played games to present this team's unique history, and I do so with a local twist–I talk about games the Monarchs played in your city against local competition–as well as discuss the history of African-American ball players from your local community,” said Dixon.

For more than 30 years author Phil Dixon has recorded African-American sports topics. He has authored nine baseball books and won the Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1992. He received a Society of American Baseball Researchers MacMillan Award for his excellence in historical research. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City and formerly worked in the public relations office of the American League Kansas City Royals.

“The Kansas City Monarchs in our home town” is part of the 2015 lineup of Sensational Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Programming includes a variety of lectures, concerts, movies, and tours that provide engaging, educational, historic, and cultural information. Find a calendar of additional upcoming events at www.history.nd.gov.

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