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2010 Civil Rights Baseball Game Cincinnati, Ohio

Updated on May 20, 2010
The program from the game.
The program from the game.
Ticket from the Hall of Fame,
Ticket from the Hall of Fame,
Signed photo which includes Frank Robinson and Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Signed photo which includes Frank Robinson and Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Don Johnson-Ron Warren-Charles Davis and Thomas Turner signing autographs.
Don Johnson-Ron Warren-Charles Davis and Thomas Turner signing autographs.
Charles and Thomas signing our photos.
Charles and Thomas signing our photos.
More of the guys signing.
More of the guys signing.
Chuck Harmon's book. First Black Red.
Chuck Harmon's book. First Black Red.
Chuck signing the book.
Chuck signing the book.
The signed jersey.
The signed jersey.

Civil Rights Weekend

Justin and I were fired up this past weekend. It was finally here, the Civil Rights Game which was a weekend of fun and a celebration of what this country is all about. It started Saturday with the Beacon Awards hosted at the Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. This years recipients were Harry Belafonte, Billie Jean King and baseball legend Mr. Willie Mays. Also being honored was Mr. Chuck Harmon the Reds first black player. We arrived at the game around 5:45, making sure we got there early because the first 20,000 fans received a replica of Chuck's 1954 jersey. After making our way to our seats we settled in watching batting practice and anticipating the pregame ceremony . Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brenaman was to do the intros. He started by introducing singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, next was tennis great Billie Jean King and finally the guy that brought tears to my eyes baseball legend Willie Mays. If you've read my other hubs on baseball you know that when I was a kid my dad used to take me to the old ballpark (Crosley Field) to see Willie play and watching him play was the most fun I had at the ballpark. He was poetry in motion. Next up was someone we had no idea was attending, Hank Aaron, what a great surprise. Then, if it wasn't already good enough, the Negro League players were introduced. Don "Groundhog" Johnson, Thomas "High Pockets" Turner, Charles "Whip" Davis, Ron "Bunny" Warren and of course Chuck Harmon. After hearing a bit more about what civil rights mean to baseball and life it was time for some music compliments of Roberta Flack who did a fine version of John Lennon's Imagine. It was then just about game time and the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by another of my and Justin's favorite players "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks. The Reds won and while that was great the real meaning of the day had nothing to do with it. The next day continuing with the celebration the Reds Hall of Fame were going to have all five of the Negro League players to do a signing, talk about exciting. Justin and I got the signatures and shook hands with each one (something no one else seemed to be doing). We bought a couple of copies of Chuck's book, The First Black Red, and had him sign them along with the jersey's we'd gotten the night before. Here are the photos that Justin took Sunday at the Hall, hope you enjoy them. Peace!!

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Hi jandee, baseball starts this Thursday and I'm fired up about it. No snaps (love that word)I wasn't sitting close enough. Thanks for checking out my baseball hub, I appreciate that. Peace!! Tom

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      jandee 

      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Tom, me too! I don't know much about baseball. I played 'Rounders'at school. I would probably love it. How super though to see Harry Belafonte and also Roberta Flack singing Imagine how great-no snaps of them ?

      enjoyed reading,jandee

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Hi Freta, It's cool, not everyone is into baseball. I grew up playing it and it's still my favorite sport. Thanks for stopping by. Not that you'd care but this year's game is in Atlanta. Take care, Tom

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Tom, I've never heard of this event, I don't know much about baseball, and only know of a few of the names you mentioned, sorry. I'm just over here because I like your hubs, and this is another good one, "you knocked it out of the park," sorry, couldn't help that one.

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Me too Micky Dee! Peace!!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful! I still love that Willie Mays, the "say hey" kid! God bless Tom (and Justin!).

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      justom 

      8 years ago

      Glen, thanks a lot for visiting my hub. I'm honored that Highpockets grandson would take the time. Peace!! Tom

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      Glen Turner II 

      8 years ago

      Thomas "Highpockets" Turner is my grandfather! he truly is a man worth appreciating!

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