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AP source: Kendrick will head Negro Leagues Museum

By DOUG TUCKER
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 5:51 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Associated Press has learned that Bob Kendrick, who helped make the Negro Leagues Museum a landmark, is returning as president of the now-struggling institution.

A person close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday that Kendrick will be introduced at a news conference at the museum in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement had not been made.

The 48-year-old Kendrick will replace Greg Baker, who resigned last fall. The museum's board chose Baker for the position over Kendrick two years ago. Kendrick, the museum's marketing director for 12 years, left about a year ago.

The museum is the only one in the country dedicated exclusively to the Negro Leagues' contribution to baseball and American culture. The recent recession has hurt donations and revenue.

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