Chisox, Rangers to play Civil Rights game
CHICAGO (AP) -- When Major League Baseball sought a host for its 2013 Civil Rights Game, the Chicago White Sox were quick to volunteer.
And as MLB executives such as Frank Robinson, a Hall of Famer and baseball's first black manger, considered a commitment the more sense Chicago made.
"Each time we thought about a city it always came back to Chicago," said Robinson, MLB's executive director of baseball development. "The enthusiasm and the rich history of civil rights movement here and the people involved in the civil rights movement and the diversity in this city ... in the end we said we can't do any better than presenting it to the White Sox."
On Tuesday, Robinson said the White Sox will host the seventh edition of the game on Aug. 24 against the Texas Rangers, capping a host of other activities saluting efforts to secure equal rights for Americans.
The game debuted with spring training exhibitions in Memphis, Tenn., in 2007 and 2008 followed by regular-season games in Cincinnati (2009-10) and Atlanta (2011-12). Moving the game to Chicago, the largest city so far to host, is expected to have a beneficial impact.
"I think it's going to a tremendous boost to the Civil Rights Game and tell people what we are looking for and what we are trying to do," Robinson said. "And what we're trying to do is keep the civil rights movement alive and in people's minds."