Tim Anderson and a few of his White Sox teammates shared a bit of baseball history Friday by touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City with students from Chicago's Youth Guidance "Becoming a Man" program.White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, outfielder Trayce Thompson, first-base coach Daryl Boston, assistant hitting
Tim Anderson and a few of his White Sox teammates shared a bit of baseball history Friday by touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City with students from Chicago's Youth Guidance "Becoming a Man" program.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, outfielder Trayce Thompson, first-base coach Daryl Boston, assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks and broadcasters Steve Stone and Jason Benetti were among the group. Anderson's wife, Bria, and daughter, Peyton, also attended.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum -- which opened its permanent facility in 1997 in the same complex that houses the American Jazz Museum -- is a privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball.
"I want them to learn who paved the way for me, and kind of show them the bigger picture of life and get out of that Chicago area a little bit," Anderson said. "I remember my first time coming [to the museum]. I was amazed. This is like my third or fourth time coming. It's just good stuff."
The White Sox and United Airlines flew the students from Austin Community Academy High School and Schurz High School to Kansas City for the trip, which also included Chicago's Friday evening contest against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
"Becoming a Man" is a youth mentorship program aimed at improving the lives of young men of color, and it has proven effective in reducing violent-crime arrests among youth and increasing graduation rates of participants.
For some students, this trip was their first opportunity to leave the Chicago area.
"I was in their shoes," Anderson said. "I didn't go places much, so when I started traveling with the baseball team, it's good to get out and see different things and kind of see there's another side of the world."
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.