Houston Astros To Host Civil Rights Game Against The Baltimore Orioles

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced that the Astros will host the 2014 Civil Rights game on May 30th against the Baltimore Orioles.

Here’s a statement from MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

I am pleased to announce the Houston Astros, who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to supporting diversity throughout our industry, as the hosts of Major League Baseball’s 2014 Civil Rights Game. The Civil Rights Game and its surrounding events are an opportunity not only for our game to honor those who have fought for equality throughout American history, but also to remind us that the battle against injustice continues. As a social institution that features unprecedented diversity of all races and ethnicities throughout our sport, we are proud to join the Astros in remembering this important era in history.

HOF Frank Robinson, Astros owner Jim Crane, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Astros Manager Bo Porter were at the podium for the announcement. Frank Robinson had some nice words about the Astros, the game, and their manager.

Jim Crane on the Civil Rights game.

Bo Porter added, “This is a proud moment for the Houston Astros and a very proud moment for me.”

The weekend is expected to draw several celebrities from around the sports world as well other industries. The weekend includes several other events including an awards luncheon, a roundtable discussion, and a youth clinic. This year’s Civil Rights Game will be the eighth of its kind and televised on MLB Network.

 

Topics: Houston Astros

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