Current News

We’re excited about the 2017 and some upcoming events that will provide an opportunity to share some baseball and Minnesota history.

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  • Saturday, February 11 “Looking Through A New Lens, Community Conversations about Race & Equity,” Edina Community Center Normandale Auditorium, sponsored by Edina Public Schools 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 18, Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10, Chanhassen Library, 6:30 p.m.

Currently Dr. Catherine Squires, University of Minnesota African American Studies Dept. is presenting and using the book “They Played for the Love of the Game, Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota,” at Gordon Parks High School in Saint Paul. We’re working on confirming request from the following schools to use the book in a class to share this history; Como Park, Johnson High Schools, St. Paul, two schools in Minneapolis, Park Center, Brooklyn Park, Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy, and in Forest Lake.  When dates and details are confirmed, we’ll share that information.

If you’re interested in talking with Frank or Heidi Klempken at the Minnesota Historical Society regarding a project at your school, you can use the contact page on this web site.

Meeting with Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club about installing some Minnesota Black Baseball team photos in a couple locations in Target Field.  Thankful to the Minnesota Twins and their continued support to this important history of Minnesota.

Working with the St. Paul Saints Baseball team to have a “Roy Campanella Day,” during the 2017 season.  Roy Campanella was the first African American signed by the St. Pauls Saints baseball team and by the American Association which was AAA ball in 1948.  Thank you to the St. Paul Saints and their continued interest in the history of Black Baseball.

We would also like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season, with wishful thoughts of a safe and positive 2017.

MBB Team


Just finished reading your book Frank. Well done my friend!!! I highly recommend reading it and it would also be a great resource for all the high schools.
— Steve Lindgren, Richfield Chamber of Commerce
Great job tonight Frank!  Wonderful crowd and terrific presentation.  Thanks
for teaching things some of us never knew!  You are the best.
— Dave Lee, WCCO Radio
A copy should be in every High School in the State.
— Doug Albertson, former teacher, player, and coach
You did a fantastic job last night, Frank! Entertaining, informative, and inspiring —- certainly worthy of the standing ovation you received.
— Josh Leventhal, Editor, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Frank, you made last night special for me and my wife by being the caring and loving person you are. You showed us all how to love one another by how much you love and loved your father with this great addition to the library of the struggle on the baseball field and in society. You truly are one of a kind and I love that you include all of us in this history and not just one race. It is everyone’s legacy and we need to do better and improve the legacy as we continue to grow as people of all colors.
— Larry Gallagher, Minnesota baseball and basketball Official