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Baseball and Civil Rights

Updated on April 19, 2010

Cincinnati Baseball

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.

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    • justom profile imageAUTHOR

      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Yeah it was Todd #42. They still play a game every year where all the players and umpires in both leagues wear that #

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hey, wasn't Jackie Robinson's number retired . . . .on every single MLB team???? I wanna say the number was 45, but I could be wrong about the number, and that it was retired across the board. Come to think of it, maybe it was just retired in the National League. Eff it, clearly I don't know what the facts are.

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR

      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Willie's my favorite too. I have his autograph a couple of times and I got that Yogi's too. I got his in person several years ago. Thanks for checking out the hub brother! Peace!!

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      I have my Hank Aaron autographed baseball and one signed by Gaylord Perry. My all-time favorite baseball player is Willie Mays. Yogi Berra was definitely the funniest!

    • justom profile imageAUTHOR

      justom 

      8 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Darlene and Chris Eddy111, I'm glad you both like another of my fav. things to talk about.

    • Chris Eddy111 profile image

      Chris Eddy111 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Funny how those two come together. It's not the colour of your skin but what's in your heart..... Nice hub!!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh I do love baseball, what a wonderful hub, and your pictures and hub are just perfect. Print it out, frame it and put on your wall as the first hub you wrote for yourself. Your friend and fan, darski

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