The 9th Inning opened its doors in March 2012 and has since become one of Kansas City's premiere locations to dine with friends and family. The many TV screens account for making sure you don't miss any of the action from your favorite sport. We provide the food, drinks and the atmosphere so you can sit back and relax among colleagues.


With over 30 years of owning and managing restaurants, and selling sports equipment, we serve all customers with our great Mid-Western hospitality. With TV's facing in all directions so you won't miss your favorite sport, player or game while taking in some great food and beverages.

Our Experience

For years we've been involved in supporting our local public with social gathering, food and beverage services, and sports. In support of the youth through inner city and suburban sports, friends have come to learn that we know what matters to them most. That's good service, hospitality and the understanding that we genuinely care about people.

History of the Negro Leagues;

Located just 100 yards from the front door of The 9th Inning. The first successful organized Negro League baseball was established on February 13, 1920, at the YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew "Rube" Foster was the driving force behind the organization of this league and served as its president.

To get an up close view of each of the great standout player’s visit our showcase area located in the center of The 9th Inning restaurant or for an in-depth and detailed review visit the Negro League Museum. Located just a few doors up the street from The 9th Inning you will find some of baseballs historical moments captured in one location.

From the 1880s to 1950 literally hundreds of all-black, professional and semi-professional baseball teams played throughout the United States. While at times black baseball at its top levels enjoyed the benefits of organized league structures, most teams played in loosely organized circuits or as independents. In the common parlance all are referred to as "Negro League" teams.

The list below is by no means a complete list of all the teams that competed in the 70-year history of Negro League baseball, and the compilation of the list is an ongoing project.

The Negro League Teams

Only 27 Negro League players had the honor of being elected to an East-West All-Star Game squad 5 or more times during the heyday of this annual classic.

Atlanta Black Crackers

Detroit Stars

Austin Black Senators

Homestead Grays

Baltimore Black Sox

Indianapolis ABCs

Baltimore Elite Giants

Indianapolis Clowns

Birmingham Black Barons

Kansas City Monarchs

Brooklyn Royal Giants

Memphis Red Sox

Chicago American Giants

New York Black Yankees

Cincinnati Tigers

New York Cubans

Cleveland Buckeyes

Newark Eagles

Cleveland Cubs

Philadelphia Stars

Cuban Stars - East

Pittsburgh Crawfords

Dayton Marcos

St. Louis Stars

Baseball History Facts:

Andrew “Rube” Foster
(September 17, 1879 - December 9, 1930) was an American Baseball player, manager, and pioneer executive in the Negro League. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Most notably, he organized the Negro National League, the first long-lasting professional league for African-American ballplayers in Kansas City, MO, which operated from 1920 to 1931. He is known as the "father of Black Baseball."

George Herman Ruth, Jr.
Best known as "Babe" Ruth was an American Major League Baseballl player from 1914–1935. In 1936, Ruth became one of the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He converted to a full-time right fielder and subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters.

Hilton Smith; The Other Pitcher?
Hilton Lee Smith (February 27, 1907- November 18, 1983) was an American right-handed pitcher in Negro League baseballl. In 2001 he was inducted into theNational Baseball Hall of Fame.

Frank White Has Second Base Covered
A former Major League Baseball Player, and caoch for the Kansas City Royals. The 9th Inning welcome’s this home town hero.

Judy Johnson was First Negro Coach in Major League
After being a dock worker during World War I, Johnson began his baseball career in 1918, reaching the top-level Negro leagues in 1921 with Hilldale, a team for which he played through 1929. He later became the first African American to coach in Major League Baseball (1954).

Expansion Opportunities

We are looking to expand our kiosk operations to the East and deeper into the Midwest. We have dedicated resources ready to work with you in your area for expansion. The sports market has an increasing demand for patrons looking for the baseball experience. Business owners looking to expand opportunities will find our staff to be well educated in the area of sports and hold a wealth of knowledge to build the experience in your location.

The Management Team

The 9th Inning welcomes you to a fun filled and educational visit. We hope your experience with us is exciting and we look for your return. Because we love sports all sport enthusiast are encouraged to come hang-out, kick-back and enjoy a cold refreshing beverage.

Hours of Operation:
- Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Midnight
- Sunday 11:00 a.m. Until

The 9th Inning Sports Bar & Grill
1512 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 472-8300

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