San Diego Padres Honor Negro League Players

Jun 21, 2009

My pal over at Just My Show tipped me to an amazing story out of San Diego.

San Diego honored Negro League players Emilio Navarro, Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, Don Newcombe, William “Skinny Legs” Blair, Neale “California Comet” Henderson, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Walter McCoy, John “Mule” Miles; and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson before the Padres-Athletics game last night.

Navarro, who’s 103, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.  What a wonderful gesture to keep the memory of the Negro Leagues alive.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    June 22nd, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Good for the Padres and hopefully other teams would do the same. On the other hand, they had the chance. Seems the Padres front office was the only one to tap into MLB’s Civil Rights game and festivities that were going on in Cincinnati on Saturday.

    Attending were honorees Hank Aaron, Muhammand Ali, & Bill Cosby. Major league greats Frank Robinson & Tony Perez; as did the first African-American Red Chuck Harmon; Negro League players Charlie Whip Davis, Don Johnson, Tom Turner, and Ron Bunny Warren … as did former player Harold Reynolds, singer BeBe Winnans, Sugar Ray Leonard, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, and President Bill Clinton … as did the Reds Hall of Fame with their display honoring the Negro Leagues … as did the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (located nearby the stadium) acting as an event host and also having a Negro League exhibit … as did local celebrities, plus I’m sure a few others that I omitted.

    Well done Padres on demonstrating one aspect of the weekend’s intent.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    Thanks for adding Frank.

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