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Philadelphia youth baseball team barnstorming country in tribute to Jackie Robinson

LOUISVILLE, KY – (July 12, 2012) - Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is proud to welcome and host the Anderson Monarchs, a youth African-American baseball team from South Philadelphia, as they barnstorm across the country in tribute to Jackie Robinson and Negro League Baseball.

The inner city baseball team will stop at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory as part of a 22-day, 4,000-mile journey that also includes stops at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

"We feel privileged to host the Anderson Monarchs as they travel across the country and share their passion for baseball with America," said Anne Jewell, Executive Director at Louisville Slugger Museum Factory. "It is inspiring to see the Monarchs celebrate the history of the game that we all love so much," she said.

Along with taking a team photo in front of the World's Biggest Bat, the Monarchs will also be given a special tour of the museum that will focus on the Negro Leagues and highlight Philadelphia baseball. During their time in Louisville, the Monarchs will attend the Louisville Bats' batting practice and play the East Louisville Bats at Middletown's Crosby Park on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m.

"When planning our trip of the most iconic baseball destinations, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory was one at the top of our list," said trip organizer and team coach Steve Bandura. "Our entire team is anxious to take the award-winning museum tour and visit the factory where the baseball bats are made," he said.

The team is honoring baseball great Jackie Robinson by traveling the country in a refurbished Flxible Clipper touring bus once used by the 1947 Philadelphia Phillies. The tour started in New York City on June 30th and will wrap with trip to Cooperstown on July 23rd before returning to Philadelphia. For more information on the Anderson Monarchs or to view their itinerary, please visit www.andersonmonarchs.org.

About Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, newly renovated galleries with interactive exhibits, historic memorabilia, the World's Biggest Bat, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with
your very own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), $6 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228.

About Museum Row on Main
Museum Row on Main is a partnership of nine unique downtown Louisville attractions, each offering one-of-a-kind visitor experiences to families, groups, and individuals – local and out-of-market. Unlike other Louisville attractions and entertainment options, Museum Row on Main provides guests of all ages with eclectic, educational, entertaining, and memorable experiences within easy walking distance of each other.

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