I made a fun trip today. On a hot July day the crossroads of Jazz and Baseball called out to me for exploration. Traveling to 18th and Vine in the old heart of Kansas City puts you at the doorstep of the Negro League Baseball Museum and The American Jazz Museum. I feel lucky to have this in my hometown and at the same time I ashamed to say that this was my first visit.
Both are amazing and worth the time it takes to walk through. A visit to both is a total of $10 which I think is well worth the price. Don't expect to be there for hours, but they certainly deserve time and attention.
The Negro League is still under appreciated by many modern baseball fans; myself included. The owner of the Kansas City team was the first to introduce night games to the world. Many great players never saw the filed with white contemporaries.
The Jazz museum was equally interesting and a good stop for any music lover. I think that those who do not know would be interested to see what a great influence Jazz has had on contemporary music. They do a good job of showing th role KC played in development without focusing solely on this one location.