The first version of the box will feature portraits of Satchel Paige in honor of the 50th anniversary of her Hall of Fame induction.
FESTUS, Mo. — A St. Louis-area brewery is honoring the black leagues with a special canned series releasing Tuesday. It’s called the Negro Leagues Celebration Series.
Main & Mill Brewing Company is collaborating with the Negro Baseball Museum, Negro Leagues History and painter Graig Kreindler for this project.
The biannual series recognizes the history of the Negro Baseball League and its players, said a Facebook post announcing the collaboration.
The brewery also gave an overview of the start of the collaboration.
“With what we thought was a crazy idea, we reached out to world renowned painter of the national pastime, Graig Kreindler. The idea was to explore licensing his paintings of Negro Leagues players from a way that could potentially raise money for the Negro.Leagues Baseball Museum and the families of the players.Kreindler was immediately on board and connected us with Jay Caldwell, who runs negroleagueshistory.com, and has been actively involved in the promotion of the leagues, its players and its history,” the Facebook post said.
The first can release celebrates Satchel Paige and the 50th anniversary of her induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It will include four cans with four different paintings of Paige on her four different baseball teams from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born in July 1906 in Mobile, Alabama. He began his black league career in the 1920s, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. He was the first player selected by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Main & Mill Brewing Company said it will donate 20% of each Negro Leagues Celebration Series can to support player families and the Negro Baseball League Museum.
The brewery said the series of beers will be available at local stores and Craft Republic starting Tuesday.
The Special Series of Cans will be available in these select Missouri locations, with the option to add more locations.
- The place of wine and cheese
- Total Wine
- Brother Tuck
- BeerSauce Shop
- Craft beer cellar
- Saint Louis Hop Shop
Select Schnucks locations:
- Richmond Heights
- Basswood Ridgewood
- Hamptons Village
- maple wood
- wild forest
- Crossing the Dardenne
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