I’m sure most of us drive to and from work every day, probably on the same route, and pay little attention to what we’re passing. I was also guilty of that, but my commute is only one mile and I didn’t really pass much of interest. So I decided to discover what’s here in our community. If you’re a fan of major league baseball and have an interest in its history, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball in the Owings Mills Library. I had no idea of its existence until a friend asked if I had been there. Been there? I didn’t know it was there.
It opened the same day as the library itself on March 27, 2014. It is a testament to the days the Negro Leagues were playing ball across the country, including the Baltimore Elite Giants from 1920 to 1950. The team migrated from Nashville to Columbus to Washington and finally Baltimore. Hubert V. Simmons played for the Giants from 1950 to 1952.
The museum consists of three floors of baseball memorabilia, exhibits, photos and, of course, memories. Much credit goes to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who was instrumental in getting the museum at the library at 10302 Grand Central Ave. Free tours are offered by calling 410-597-9797 or visiting smnlbinc.org.
Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball. Photos courtesy of Baltimore County Public Library via VisualHunt.com.
by Eddie Applefeld | Contributing Writer