When Major League Baseball announced Thursday it was moving the annual Civil Rights Game to the regular season and the Reds and Cincinnati would be hosting it the next two years at Great American Ball Park, Baker was pleased.
“I think it’s pretty exciting to have those games here,” said Baker, who played from 1968-’86 with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and A’s. “Especially when you have the Freedom Center right there next door, how historic the town is, and especially since they’ve had some trouble in the past and some things they’d like to get better here.” …
“Everyone knows Jackie and the cultural impact he had in the U.S., but we’re so far removed from it,” Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo said. “Dusty is more aware of it than anyone here. He’s one of the last guys around here old enough to remember going to a place he wasn’t allowed to be in because he was black. I’m sure he dealt with it in the Minor Leagues.”
The Reds and White Sox will play the Civil Rights Game on June 20, 2009. Baker attended the press conference with representatives of Major League Baseball, the Reds and the city of Cincinnati on Thursday.
I imagine that moving the game to the regular season will bring a lot more publicity to it, which is definitely a good thing. I’m glad that Cincinnati is going to get to host the affair.