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1997 BARNSTORMING TOUR

In 1997, to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the “color line” in Major League Baseball, the 11 year-old Monarchs boarded an authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper bus and embarked on a 13-day, 3300-mile journey across America, experiencing life on the road just as the barnstorming Negro League teams from the first half of the 20th century had.

Along the way, the Monarchs played baseball with kids from 10 different cities, visited many historic sites such as Jackie Robinson’s grave site, the Major League All-Star game in Cleveland, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field, the Field of Dreams in Iowa, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City where they met the legendary Buck O’Neill.

The trip received much attention from the local and national media, including two articles in the New York Times, as well as features on This Week in Baseball and the Sports Illustrated for Kids TV Show.  

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