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Astros to Host Civil Rights Game

Astros to Host Civil Rights Game

Major League Baseball has picked the Houston Astros to host next year's Civil Rights Game.

The game will be played May 30 against the Orioles. 

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson made the announcement at Minute Maid Park Tuesday morning.

"The Civil Rights Game is held in honor of members of those in and out of baseball who fought for equality of rights for all Americans," Robinson said.

Astros owner Jim Crane says he's pleased his team was picked to host the eighth installation of the game dating back to a 2008 exhibition in Memphis.

"We've really worked hard since we've taken over the Astros to promote diversity, look at everything we can do to help, and you can continue to count on the Astros doing that moving forward," said Crane.

Along with the game, Houston will host a baseball and civil rights movement roundtable discussion, the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon and a youth baseball and softball clinic.

"For a young person who did not play, the history of baseball is a history of so many of us that have broken down so many barriers and made it possible for people of color to be a part of this American dream," said Astros Manager Bo Porter.

"The Civil Rights Game is the perfect example of Major League Baseball doing everything it can to bring awareness to diversity that takes place on and off the field," he said.

Mayor Annise Parker says this isn't the first time the city and league has teamed up on this issue, noting last year's diversity summit was held in Houston as well.

"We have a great pool of minority contractors who have the skills to do business with Major League Baseball, and I appreciate very much the Astros and Major League Baseball allowing us to showcase that," she said.

 

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