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Johnny Kling

Arguably one of the most overlooked players from the early days of baseball, Johnny Kling, a native of Kansas City, was the game's premier defensive catcher in the first decade of the 20th century and a key member of the great Chicago Cub teams of 1906 to 1910. Nicknamed “Noisy” for the constant stream of chatter he maintained behind the plate, Kling was admired by teammates and opponents for his ability to defend, handle pitchers and engage in the mental aspects of the game during the “dead-ball era.” Kling returned to Kansas City after his retirement from baseball and pursued a successful career in business, primarily real estate. In 1933 he bought the minor league Kansas City Blues and immediately eliminated segregated seating at Meuhlebach Field, which was also the stadium used by the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues.

Western University Band

Panoramic view of Western University Band at Muehlebach Field in 1925, G. H. Taylor, director. Source: Booker T. Washington.

Night Baseball Game at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of a nightime baseball game at Muehlebach Field at the northwest corner of 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Muehlebach Field Dedication

Program distributed for the Muehlebach Field dedication on July 3, 1923, including a proclamation by Mayor Frank H. Cromwell recommending that "every employer forget the ever present serious side of life" in order to attend, and let employees attend, the opening game. To set the example, Cromwell declared that day a half-holiday for city employees. The program also notes speeches from George Muehlebach, the governors of Kansas and Missouri,and mayors of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. Photographs depict the stadium, the team, and local supporters.

Kansas City Monarchs' L. D. Livingston

Photograph of L. D. Livingston of the Kansas City Monarchs. The photo appears to be autographed "To Vessa From a Friend, L. D. Livingston." Vessa is likely VeEssa Spivey of Black Hawk Barbecue.

Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs playing baseball at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs playing baseball at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs playing baseball at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs playing baseball at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Monarchs at Muehlebach Field

Photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs playing baseball at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Monarchs

Panoramic photograph of the Kansas City Monarchs, including L-R: Jack Marshall (P), Hurley McNair (OF/P) , Newt Joseph (3B), Harold 'Yellowhorse' Morris (P), Heavy Johnson (OF), Newt Allen (1B/SS), 'Bullet Joe' Rogan (P), Jose Mendez (P), Dobie Moore (SS), Lemuel Hawkins (1B), William Bell (P), C. Bell, Dink Mothel (UT), Frank Duncan (C), Bill Drake (P), George Sweatt (CF), and Howard Bartlett (P).

Ball Park, Kansas City, Mo.

Postcard showing Muehlebach Field (later Ruppert/Blues/Municipal Stadium), once located west of Brooklyn Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces east-southeast towards the bases and right field. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Anna Dyer of Boston, Massachusetts.