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Civil Rights Game set for May 15th in Atlanta

Jan 13, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball issued a press release a little while ago regarding this year’s edition of the Civil Rights Game.  The game itself will be May 15th.  All of the relevant details are here. Kudos to baseball for not merely putting a couple of teams in Negro Leagues throwbacks, playing the game and calling it a day.  Indeed, the Civil Rights Game is surrounded by more stuff than the All-Star Game usually is, albeit in a lower key way.  Among them:

  • A job fair aimed at minorities looking to land positions with MLB suppliers;
  • A tribute to Hank Aaron, involving a red carpet event and screening of the Aaron documentary “Hank Aaron:Chasing the Dream”;
  • A roundtable discussion about baseball and the civil rights movement, held at Ebenezer Baptist Church;
  • A youth game/clinic attended by players;
  • An awards banquet; and
  • The actual game in which the Braves will destroy the Philadelphia Phillies

Good for Major League Baseball for making this an actual substantive event when it would be so easy to merely pander to the idea of civil rights, as is so often the case in the business world.  Baseball’s history with civil rights is just as spotty as any other American institution’s, but it tends to really get this sort of thing right.

  1. Matthew Flint - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    “The actual game in which the Braves will destroy the Philadelphia Phillies”
    Damned fifth day. Thanks for doing the rotational math for me, Craig, since that’s the only way this statement will come to fruition. Seriously though, you’re right, baseball does seem to always get this type of thing right.

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    “The actual game in which the Braves will destroy the Philadelphia Phillies”

    Methinks Craigy took the whole Jameson’s thing from the earlier Irish post to heart. Pace youself, McCalcaterra, you don’t want to pickle yourself.

    • Panda Claus - Jan 14, 2011 at 7:43 AM

      I could understand if this game was between the Mets and the Phillies, because then the whole “…will destroy the Philadelphia Phillies” comment sounds better placed coming from a Mets fan.

      But a Braves fan speaking with such bravado? What is this, 1995 again?

  3. BC - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Why May 15?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      ‘Cause it’s the one month anniversary of the 64th anniversary of his first game…?

      In other words, I dunno.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    “The actual game in which the Braves will destroy the Philadelphia Phillies”

    Suck it Phillies fans, or should I say, les filles!

    • rolltidenj - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      That’s awesome, so you tell Phillies fans to sucks because a jealous blogger is making a prediction.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      No…YOU suck it…yeah.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    This is sooooo very awesome.

    And uhh Craig… just in reference to your last “point” Pfffft!!!!! You crazy Hubris spewing booger picking basement dwelling blogger you!!!

    What will the uni’s be anyway?? I guess as soon as you know, we’ll know right?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      It’s booger EATING, Jonny…get it right.

      But I am so tired of this Bravos rebop by now.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        Oh, damn. I figured he wouldn’t want to do that in front of Tiffany, but to each his own huh?

        This Hubris is just too much for me to handle! These uppity Braves fans have some nerve.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        Just remember…30 days ’til Aces and Chooch!!!

  6. skyjo - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Question: Why do those olden-timey people always choke up so much for photographs??

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      They aren’t. They didn’t use game bats for pictures back then because they were too expensive. So the fake pine Prop bats made specifically for pictures were all the same length and far too long.

      • skyjo - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

        ¿En serio?

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        You geek.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:01 PM

        I’m sorry, but El no-o. I’m having a rough day.

  7. crankyfrankie - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    The irony of one of the last teams, Phillies, to integrate being involved in this game is ironic to say the least.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      Not as ironic as having the Cleveland Indians be one of the two teams that played the inaugural Civil Rights game. Deadspin, at the time, asked “If the Indians win, do Native Americans get civil rights?”

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

        Though Larry Doby broke the AL’s barrier there.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      Good point. One that I forget from time to time. They had some players who wouldn’t budge back then apparently. Not that there were huge numbers of African Americans who wanted to play with these guys either. Can’t say I would.

      But irony?

      No, it’s not irony. It’s awesome, and I couldn’t be happier to see it myself. And it’s Phills vs. Braves. So I like it even more….

  8. mcsnide - Jan 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    They should have just renamed the All-Star Game and done Civil Rights seminars in Phoenix.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Awaiting a response to this from Gator.

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