CC Sabathia, former MLBers will play in the revived Negro League East-West All-Star Game

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CC Sabathia, former MLBers will play in the revived Negro League East-West All-Star Game – Gudstory

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National Baseball Hall of Fame It is set for a revival The Negro League’s East-West All-Star Game with an exhibition of legends in Cooperstown, New York, next May.

The game, announced during the winter meetings on Tuesday, will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown and will feature former major league talent. Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. are set to take over. and Ozzie Smith manage both teams, while former All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia and outfielder Chris Young are named team captains.

“The East-West All-Star Game was the annual showcase for the Negro Leagues, and we are honored to be able to honor the legacy of these stars during Memorial Day Weekend in Cooperstown as part of the Black Baseball Hall of Fame celebration,” Sabatia said in a statement. Via ESPN. “As players, we are indebted to the pioneers who came before us, and honoring the Negro Leagues All-Stars is a tribute not only to their playing ability, but also to their courage and dedication to the game.”

Other confirmed players include Prince Fielder, Curtis Granderson, Ryan Howard, Edwin Jackson, Adam Jones, Dontrell Willis, David Price, Dexter Fowler and Tony Gwynn Jr. The game will also feature brothers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr., whose grandfather, Sam, played in the Negro Leagues and appeared in the East-West All-Star Game.

The game will reportedly be the featured event of the annual Hall of Fame Classic weekend. It will also coincide with the unveiling of a new exhibit commemorating the history of black baseball. An exhibit called “Spirits of the Game: The Voice of Black Baseball” is part of the hall Black Baseball Initiative.

The East-West All-Star Game was the annual all-star exhibition for Negro League baseball players, which ran from 1933 until the last Negro League disbanded in 1962. Many future Hall of Famers played in the games, including Bill Foster And Leon Day. , Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

Yawkey Foundation

According to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s website, the Black Baseball Initiative “is made possible by the Yawkey Foundation” along with other donors. The “Souls of the Game” exhibit will also be located at the Yawkey Gallery. Both the foundation and the gallery are named after Tom Yawkey, the longtime Red Sox manager and the main factor behind Boston being the most famous city in the world. Another major league baseball team To add a black player. Jackie Robinson, who tried out for the Red Sox in 1964 and got no response, He said Yawkey was “probably one of the most fanatical players in baseball.” In 2018, the Red Sox petitioned the city of Boston to return the name of Fenway Park from Yawkey Way to the original Jersey Street.


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