The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a unique window into a vital chapter of American history that the late Buck O'Neil helped open 20 years ago in Kansas City, Mo., could be in trouble.
Attendance and revenues are down, and a decision by new management to distance itself from O'Neil has splintered many of its most loyal supporters.
What's more, the recession has cut deeply into donations. After posting its first loss two years ago of about $30,000, the museum is looking at what one staffer termed a "monster loss" that could approach a quarter of a million dollars when the final accounting for 2009 is complete.
"For museums all over the country, dollars are becoming hard to find," said Greg Baker, who took over as executive director a little more than a year ago. "We are challenged by that. We've got to raise money to keep going."
INDOOR TRACK: Shana Clark, a Penn State alumnus competing for Adidas, set an American record in the 500 meters yesterday at the Penn State National meet in State College. Cox broke the tape in 1 minute, 8.70 seconds, 0.01 seconds under the previous American record of 1:08.71 set by Jearl Miles-Clark in the 2004 Penn State National.
DISPUTES: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is getting into the "Who Dat" fray with the NFL, asking the state attorney general to look into a possible lawsuit over the ownership rights to the popular New Orleans Saints phrase.
Some T-shirt makers have been getting cease-and-desist letters from the NFL demanding they stop selling shirts with the traditional cheer of Saints fans. The NFL claims the shirts infringe on a trademark it owns.
CEREMONIES: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, a Canadian, will help carry the Olympic torch leading up to the Vancouver Games.
Morneau said he was told last week that he would run with the torch in Vancouver the day before the opening ceremonies.
SAILING: Amanda Clark and Sarah Chin won a gold medal in the Women's 470 class at the Rolex Miami OCR, helping the United States finish the event with 10 medals.
BOXING: Beibut Shumenov won the WBA light-heavyweight title by outpointing Gabriel Campillo in a split decision Friday night in Las Vegas. Shumenov, from Kazakstan, set a record by winning a title in his 10th professional bout. Michael Spinks held the previous mark by winning a championship in his 17th pro fight.
HORSE RACING: Bold Chieftain and jockey Russell Baze wove through tight traffic to complete a wild rally and beat Palladio by a neck as heavy favorite The Usual Q.T. faded to last in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Staff and wire reports