Think You Know Baseball?
What about "Black Ball"?
America in 1920 was a strange place -- women got the vote, alcohol was out, and the entire nation was still bitterly segregated, including the sports teams. Enter the Negro National League and its storied, talented baseball clubs (like the St. Louis Stars, pictured). To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first organization of these under-recognized teams and phenomenal players, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) hosts "'Black Ball': A Short History of the Negro Leagues in America." This program is presented by Raymond Doswell, the curator of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City -- where the Negro National League began and the KC Monarchs once played. The program is free and begins at 2 p.m. -- Mark Dischinger
Tstretching for tsunami
Let's face it: You've been a bit of a fussbudget lately, what with the groundhog's performance and all. Plus, you haven't been going to your yoga class, which typically sweetens you, even on your fussiest of days. Make up for your lacking pleasant demeanor and your dwindling workout devotion by attending the 108 Sun Salutations fundraiser from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Shrewsbury Community Center (5200 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury). There, you get to work through a series of active yoga poses (if you can!) and send good vibes -- and good money -- to the tsunami victims. Your suggested advance minimum donation is $10.80, and your recommended door contribution is $15; call 314-322-1944 to reserve your mat space. But this event isn't all gym and no jam: Joia, a world percussion ensemble, and other musicians perform -- and, fortunately, so do massage therapists. You'll probably need a good rubdown after all those poses. -- Alison Sieloff
Truck It Up
This is all you need to know about the USHRA Monster Jam (7:30 p.m. at America's Center, Broadway and Washington Avenue; 314-241-1888; $5 to $22): Think of the trucks as professional wrestlers. The dirt track is their ring, the junked cars that each monster truck crushes is a no-name wrestler there to be crushed, and the roar of the crowd is what compels these beasts to drop the hammer. Don't even worry about whether to cheer for "War Wizzard," "Brutus" or "Monster Mutt" -- they're all champs, baby. -- Paul Friswold