Baseball and Civil Rights
May 15th 2010, the second annual Civil Rights baseball game in Cincinnati,Ohio home of the oldest professional baseball team the Cincinnati Reds. This year the first black player to play for the Reds in 1954 Mr. Chuck Harmon will be honored. The first 20,000 fans get a replica of Chuck's 1954 jersey. I bought my tickets yesterday. It's a weekend celebration and 3 more key civil rights figures will be honored. Billy Jean King, Harry Belafonte and my personal fav, Mr. Willie "say hey" Mays. I have great memories of my dad taking me to the old ballpark (Crosley Field) to see Willie play. We'd always get there early to watch fielding and batting practice and watching Willie Mays shag balls during fielding practice is imbedded in my mind to this day. He'd catch fly balls behind his back, between his legs and every other way possible to catch a baseball. It was one of the most entertaining parts of the game for me. Willie, after all these years, is still my favorite player. I know it may sound silly but thinking about seeing him for what will probably be the last time, brings tears to my eyes. The best thing about this last time is my son Justin will be with me. He's listened to me rambling about Willie since he was old enough to get it (maybe before). It's going to be a great day and my guess is that I'll probably want to ramble on about it to you all, if you care to listen. Peace!!
2009 Civil Rights Game
Some shots from the game where Bill Cosby, Mohaamad Ali and Hank Aaron were honored. The best part for me was Frank Robinson also being honored and replica jerseys from his days with the Reds were given out to the first 20,000 fans. I had the pleasure of growing up watching Frank play at Crosley Field and remember him signing a scorecard for me and always taking time with the kids. I think there's a story about former baseball great Dave Parker, while he was a young man, going to the ballpark and meeting Frank and Frank liked him and gave him his first ballglove.