Major League Baseball has announced that the Chicago White Sox will host the 2013 Civil Rights Game and ancillary activities, a series of events developed by MLB to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.
“The Civil Rights Game and its surrounding events represent an integral way for Major League Baseball to recognize the courageous people who have fought—and continue to fight—injustice,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. Selig. “When Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier 66 years ago, it was a watershed moment not only in our sport but in American history. With unprecedented diversity of players of all races and ethnicities in the sport today, we are pleased to stand alongside the White Sox in homage to all those of our game and beyond who have paved new paths to equality.”
The 2013 Civil Rights Game will be played between the White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, August 24. The game will air nationally on MLB Network and locally on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago and FOX Sports Southwest in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.
“It is an honor and privilege for the White Sox and the city of Chicago to host Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox chairman. “Just as baseball had an indelible impact on the civil rights movement, the game has brought together generations of Chicagoans behind figures such Ted ‘Double Duty’ Radcliffe, Minnie Minoso, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Doby, Harold Baines and Frank Thomas.”
Ancillary activities such as the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, the Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion and a youth baseball and softball clinic will all take place throughout that weekend.