Sports: Civil Rights Game

Perhaps it’s the conflicted history of Major League Baseball that makes Cincinnati an appropriate setting for the league’s first regular-season Civil Rights Game, which will take place Saturday and honor baseball’s many contributions by minority players.

It’s fitting for Major League Baseball to officially honor its role in spurring America’s Civil Rights Movement by including black players during the 1940s. But it’s also appropriate to recognize the many leagues and individuals who played the game during the decades of segregated baseball that preceded it (and maybe to wonder why it took the league as long as it did to offer inclusion). But perhaps it’s the conflicted history of Major League Baseball that makes Cincinnati an appropriate setting for the league’s first regular-season Civil Rights Game, which will take place Saturday and honor baseball’s many contributions by minority players. It might be difficult for many of us to agree with MLB’s declaration of Cincinnati’s immense progress since the 2001 riots, but having some of the game’s greats in attendance — many of whom can speak firsthand about playing professional ball during segregation — might just open a few eyes around here. Bill Cosby has reportedly lifted his personal ban on Cincinnati and will be there, so that’s good. Reds vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Great American Ballpark, 100 Main St., Downtown. $5-$230.

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