April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Bud Selig in attendance before the opening day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bud Selig honors Jackie Robinson at civil rights event

Later today, the Chicago White Sox host the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game. Before that, commissioner Bud Selig was joined by other Hall of Famers and players to honor Jackie Robinson during the Beacon Awards luncheon.

From the Associated Press:

Selig says “We salute the pioneers who enriched our game and, by extension, our culture.”

Weekend events, sponsored by the Chicago White Sox, coincided with commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech.

The report also lists Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin as other civil rights heroes that were also honored at the luncheon.

MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game began in 2007 that began as the final game of spring training. That lasted until 2009, when it became a regular season game. The following host cities have honored the event for two consecutive years: Memphis, Cincinnati, and Atlanta.

This season marks the first year that Chicago has hosted the event.

Tonight’s event will be the latest the game has been played in its history. Last season, the game was played August 18th when the Atlanta Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2.

Tags: Bud Selig Chicago White Sox Civil Rights Game Jackie Robinson

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