Chicago White Sox Set To Host 2013 Civil Rights Game

By Matt Malecha
Civil Rights Game
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In a press conference this afternoon, the Chicago White Sox and Major League Baseball announced that the 2013 Civil Rights Game will be played at U.S. Cellular field. The game is set for Aug. 24, where the White Sox will host the Texas Rangers.

MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank Robinson, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and others were on hand at U.S. Cellular Field to make the announcement this afternoon. This will be the seventh Civil Rights Game in MLB history.

Although the White Sox have played in the Civil Rights game twice before back in 2008 and 2009, this will be the first time the Sox and the city of Chicago will host the event.

With a very diverse population and a storied Negro League history, I believe Chicago is the perfect host city for the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox make a lot of sense as a host team as well. With African-American baseball legends Frank Thomas, Minnie Minoso and Harold Baines spending the majority of their MLB careers in a White Sox uniform, I can’t think of a better team to play in the 2013 Civil Rights Game.

There’s no doubt the game of baseball has come a long way in regards to civil rights. From Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier back in 1947, to Frank Robinson becoming the first African American manager in Major League Baseball back in 1975, the game of baseball has made outstanding civil rights progress, and our nation’s pastime is much better because of it.

Come Aug. 24 on Chicago’s south side, the Civil Rights Game will give honor and pay tribute to all those who have made what once was a dream become a reality.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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