One of Major League Baseball's signature events is coming to The Windy City. MLB announced Tuesday that Chicago will be the scene of the 2013 Civil Rights Game, the seventh annual celebration of progress in baseball and in society writ large. The White Sox and Rangers will play in the Civil Rights Game on Aug. 24, a game that will air nationally on MLB Network. Atlanta served as the host last season, while Chicago distinguished itself by hosting a highly successful edition of the league's Diversity Business Summit. "Each time we thought about a city, we always came back to Chicago -- with the enthusiasm and the rich history of the civil rights movement here, the people involved in the civil rights movement, the diversity in this city and what [White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf] has done for this city," said MLB executive vice president of baseball development Frank Robinson. Chicago, home of the Chicago Freedom Movement and one of the most racially diverse cities in the country, is the latest destination for one of baseball's newest traditions. Memphis hosted the first two editions of the Civil Rights Game, which then moved to Cincinnati from 2009-10 and then Atlanta. Now the game -- and the roundtable discussion and Beacon Awards that go with it -- will be proud to call Chicago home. "This is an honor to have this game here," said Reinsdorf. "We were scheduled to play one of the games in Memphis that was a preseason game that got rained out. We were in Memphis, and we took the entire club to the Martin Luther King museum and what suddenly hit me was that our oldest player at the time, Jim Thome, was actually born after Martin Luther King was killed and it really hit me that this tragic event preceded the lifetime of of many people, and we can't allow this to go on and be forgotten." The first act of the Civil Rights Game weekend will start on Aug. 23, when Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree moderates a roundtable discussion on Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement. Dodgers legend Don Newcombe was part of the discussion last year, and previous panels have included such diverse luminaries as Branch Rickey III, Martin Luther King III, Sharon Robinson and Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Dave Winfield. The next day will feature the MLB Beacon Awards, which annually recognize individuals whose lives embody the spirit of the civil rights movement. Newcombe, Congressman John L. Lewis and members of the recording group Earth, Wind & Fire were feted last season. MLB offers three awards -- the Beacon of Life, Beacon of Change and Beacon of Hope -- dedicated to people who have changed the social landscape and inspired generations to come.
White Sox to host 2013 Civil Rights Game
MLB.com | Apr 2