by Lauren Costello
Get that bat ready and step up to the plate to learn all about the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball! The museum is located in the CCBC building right in Owings Mills. The museum makes up three floors filled with bats, jerseys, pictures, and so much more sports memorabilia.
The museum opened its doors in September of 2009 with the help of Baltimore County and many public officials. Mr. Rayner Banks, who is the Chair of the Museum, helped bring forth many past baseball players, family, friends, and political figures in the county to show what all the museum has to offer.
In November 2013, Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz officially declared the Owings Mills Metro Center Complex as the permanent location for the Negro League Baseball Museum. Now, many students can explore the museum in between classes, or while visiting the Library.
We were able to speak with many people who helped establish the museum, and it was amazing to see how much work went in to bring all the items in to showcase. Rayner Banks spoke with Lauren Costello about the different floors of the museum, as well as many other famous Negro players who are in the museum.
Along with Mr. Banks, Audrey Simmons, the Executive Director of the museum, was able to share the story of her husband, whom the museum is about. During the interview, you will notice that Audrey is wearing his baseball jersey showing what number he wore. It’s great to hear some great stories from someone who lived and breathed Negro baseball.
Some other faces in the show include, The Barnstorming Negro League Player, Luther Atkinson, the right hand man to the Baltimore County Executive, Tony Baysmore, and Ben Mason, the Vice President of the Museum. Each person we spoke with told us different stories from their times spent either playing in the Negro League, or helping with the establishment of the museum.
This show will air on Oak Crest Now on Friday, February 5th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the show online at www.oakcresttv.com the following day.