Bell in a KC Monarchs uniform

Pitching immortal Satchel Paige, noted for his tall tales as much as his pitching, claimed that James “Cool Papa”…

French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly’s rendering of members of an Osage traveling party in Europe, including Big Soldier (at right). [Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, object # S/NPG.2011.5]

Big Soldier, a Little Osage war leader, was probably born in 1773 in a village near the…

Frederic L. Billon. [Billon, Annals of St. Louis in Its Territorial Days from 1804 to 1821 (St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Co., 1888), frontispiece]

Frederic L. Billon’s amateur antiquarian pursuits in the mid-nineteenth century resulted in…

Kenneth Brown Billups Sr. [National Association of Negro Musicians]

Kenneth Brown Billups Sr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 14, 1918, the son of…

 Morris Birkbeck. [Morris Birkbeck and George Flower, History of the English Settlement in Edwards County, Illinois (Chicago: Fergus Printing Co., 1882)]

An early pioneer-farming expert and author, Morris Birkbeck exerted an enormous influence…

Daniel Bissell. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, Portraits, N38584]

The builder and commandant of Fort Bellefontaine, General Daniel Bissell served with…

William K. Bixby. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N20996]

One of the key St. Louis businessmen and philanthropists of his generation in St. Louis,…

Emily Newell Blair portrait

Writer, suffragist, national Democratic Party political leader, and feminist, Emily Newell Blair was born in Joplin…

Karl Bodmer circa 1877. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-50540]

Among the early artists to explore the trans-Mississippi River frontier, Karl Bodmer’s stay…

Henry Boernstein circa 1873. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N20961]

Henry Boernstein, a journalist and dramatist, was born Georg Christian Heinrich Börnstein…