The 8,000+ square foot museum, in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Alabama houses the largest collection of original Negro League baseball artifacts in the country. The mission of the museum is to present the history of African-American baseball in an unsurpassed manner by maintaining a world-class facility recognizing the Negro Leauge’s impact on Birmingham, and the world of professional baseball. The museum features the largest collection of original Negro League baseball artifacts in the country. It was a goal of the museum’s to evoke a broad sense of community and create an unparalleled cultural and educational experience that acknowledges the past while embracing the the present and framing the future.
The highlight of the museum, to many, is the Satchel Paige hologram. Guest’s stand on one end and select any of the pitches that the legend tossed throughout his career. The holographic ball is then passed along to Satchel who throws the pitch in your direction allowing the recipient to experience the break of a Paige curveball or the velocity of his feared fastball. It’s impossible to describe but by all reports an absolute joy to experience. The Hall of Balls, a favorite of former players and their families, is a collection of baseball’s autographed by former Negro Leaguers, Hall of Famers and journeymen alike.