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The personal side of history

Michael Edwards stared at the picture in shock—what he was seeing was a younger version of himself.

The location was the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, a place where spectators like Edwards have an opportunity to see the photographs and artifacts that date to the late 1800s. The greats of the game are well represented, from Oscar Charleston to Newt Allen to Jackie Robinson, who famously broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier. “We wouldn’t have Jackie without the Negro Leagues,” Edwards said.

Edwards came from Lake Charles, La., to see a picture of his great uncle Ernest Chretian, who played for the K.C. Monarchs. It didn’t take him long to find what he was searching for.

Baseball has been a tradition in Edward’s family. “It is a way for us to celebrate and today I’m celebrating my uncle Ernest Chretian.”

Because of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, thousands of other fans also can celebrate the story of Chretian and the rest of the brave players who paved the way for others in the Negro Leagues.

–Allana J. Barefield