#MiLBPride, Part 1


This year, a record number of minor league teams will celebrate Pride Month as part of the MiLB Pride initiative to “Strike Out Hate.” Sixty eight Minor League teams have partnered with more than 150 local LGBTQ organizations to host Pride celebrations across the country. According to MiLB.com, “MiLB Pride uses the game of baseball to bring communities together and proactively engage and embrace the LGBTQ community with a focus on creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. This platform was created to celebrate, highlight and tell the breakthrough stories on inclusion taking place in participating cities.” Check out the schedule below for remaining dates.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Details
6/17 Erie SeaWolves Special ticket package includes SeaWolves Pride tee – advance purchase at: https://groupmatics.events/event/Nwpapride
6/20 Lake County Captains Special ticket package includes Captains’ Pride t-shirt (promo code: Pride) (info found on Facebook)
6/21 Harrisburg Senators The Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem
6/22 Eugene Emeralds The team will wear and auction off specialty PRIDE jerseys.
6/23 Lexington Legends LGBTQ+ Brunch before the game at 11 a.m. with special ticket purchase (info found on Facebook)
6/24 Hillsboro Hops 1st ever Pride Night
6/24 Las Vegas Aviators
6/27 Albuquerque Isotopes Pride-themed pennants for first 1,000 fans; $9 Reserved seats with promo code PRIDE
6/27 Daytona Tortugas 3rd Annual Pride Night; honors the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
6/27 Frederick Keys  
6/27 Inland Empire 66ers No information team schedule or website
6/27 Iowa Cubs No information team schedule or website
6/27 Lowell Spinners
6/27 Richmond Flying Squirrels 1st ever Pride Night; tickets purchased through vapride.org help support scholarship and outreach to the community.
6/27 Syracuse Mets 4th annual Pride Night
6/28 State College Spikes Spikes Pride Hat Giveaway for the first 500 fans
6/28 Tri-City ValleyCats  
7/2 Rochester Red Wings 1st ever Pride Night; First 500 fans will receive a Red Wings Pride Night t-shirt; Wings Pride adjustable cap with special ticket purchase
7/5 Cedar Rapids Kernels No information on team schedule or website
7/5 New Hampshire Fisher Cats
7/6 Bradenton Marauders Pride Night pin for the first 500 attendees; $5 from each ticket purchased through special link will benefit community organizations (https://groupmatics.events/event/PrideNightattheParkJuly6?fbclid=IwAR1jJfrnMWc-lFg0ffdWD-tZlo0SjOleyqL7nkkYSI93jWqLqFbrie5T1k0) (info found on Facebook, not on team website)
7/11 Brooklyn Cyclones
7/11 Tacoma Rainiers No additional information – there was a link that no longer works
7/11 West Michigan Whitecaps Night mentioned on Team website; special ticket purchase from Grand Rapids Pride Center includes a Whitecaps Pride Night Baseball Cap https://www.grpride.org/pridenight
7/14 Visalia Rawhide CommUNITY Celebration Series – No additional information on their website.
7/19 Pawtucket Red Sox No information team schedule or website
7/25 Fresno Grizzlies Proceeds from a special ticket package will benefit Fresno Rainbow Pride. Players will wear on-field theme jerseys which will be auctioned off to benefit a local LGBTQ+ beneficiary TBD. Complimentary booth space is available for nonprofits that serve the LGBTQ+ community.
7/27 Clearwater Threshers 1st ever Pride Night. Special graphics, colors, and festivities that celebrate community’s diversity and “a special, colorful, Fireworks display.”
7/31 Hudson Valley Renegades
8/1 Peoria Chiefs
8/11 San Jose Giants Pride Night flag giveaway for the 1st 1,000; team will wear and auction off special Pride jerseys
8/14 Charleston RiverDogs The team will become the Charleston Rainbows; will wear and auction off Rainbows uniforms, proceeds to benefit Charleston Pride
8/15 Reno Aces No information team schedule or website
8/22 Everett AquaSox 2nd Annual Pride Night; Pride Night T-Shirt Package includes Nike Pride Night T-Shirt for $30.
8/22 Scranton/

Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

No information team schedule or website
8/27 Hartford Yard Goats 2nd Pride Night of the season; fans through the gates receive a rainbow Yard Goats bracelet; special guests pre-game
8/28 Reading Fightin Phils 7th Annual LGBT+ Night/Reading Pride; “Pride Night” R-Phils Rainbow Bracelet for the first 1,000 fans
8/30 Missoula Osprey 1st ever Pride Night

 

 

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Night OUT at the Nationals


DSCN8868Last Tuesday, the Washington Nationals celebrated Pride Month with the 15th annual Night OUT at the ballpark. Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank threw out the first pitch and the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus sang the National Anthem. There was even a sweet marriage proposal.

I’ll provide more commentary later, but for now, enjoy some of the photos.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

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Celebrate Pride at the Ballpark


White and Multicolored Love Is Love BannerHappy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! I’m psyched to be going to the 15th annual Night OUT at the Washington Nationals tonight. And this year nearly every team will host a Pride Night – with the exception of the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. And while the Yankees are not having a Pride Night per se, they will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 25 (more on that later).

MLB still has work to do on inclusion, which I’ll post about later this month. But for now, I’ve published the schedule below.  (I’ll post the Minor League events soon!) Note that several of these events are filed under “Theme Nights” on the various team websites, and special events and giveaways generally require a special ticket.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Details
19-Apr Padres Out at the Park
31-May Dodgers LGBT Night
1-Jun A’s Pride Night
1-Jun Reds Pride Community Night
4-Jun Nationals Night OUT
5-Jun Brewers Pride Night
6-Jun Blue Jays Pride Night
11-Jun Red Sox Pride Night
12-Jun Orioles LGBT Pride Night
12-Jun Giants LGBTQ Night
14-Jun Rays Pride Night
14-Jun Braves Pride Night
14-Jun Rockies Pride Night
21-Jun D’backs Pride Night
23-Jun Cubs Pride Night
25-Jun Angels Pride Night
26-Jun Tigers Pride Night
26-Jun Phillies Pride Night
27-Jun Marlins Pride at the Park
5-Jul Mariners Pride Night
7-Jul Pirates Pride Day
23-Jul White Sox Pride Night
23-Jul Twins Pride Night
26-Jul Cardinals Pride Night
10-Aug Mets Pride Night
25-Aug Indians Pride Night
25-Aug Cubs Out at Wrigley
4-Sep Royals Pride Night

National Women in Baseball Day


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1943 South Bend Blue Sox (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Today is National Women in Baseball Day (not to be confused with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 6, or Women’s Baseball Day, September 11). The day marks the day – May 30, 1943 – that the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played their first game. The first games were played in Rockford and Racine, with the South Bend Blue Sox playing the Rockford Peaches and the Kenosha Comets facing the Racine Belles.

~ baseballrebecca

 

June Heritage Celebrations


Image result for asian american heritage month site:.govEven though Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is coming to a close, we can still celebrate Asians, Pacific Islanders, and individuals of other backgrounds and nationalities. June is right around the corner, so here’s a reminder of the Heritage Celebrations coming up next month:

 

Date Team Event
1-Jun Pirates Heritage Night/Negro Leagues Uniforms
1-Jun D’backs Native American Recognition Day
7-Jun Brewers Negro Leagues Tribute Game
8-Jun Padres Irish Heritage Night
11-Jun Giants Portuguese Heritage Night
11-Jun White Sox Greek Heritage Night
12-Jun Phillies Irish Heritage Night
13-Jun Red Sox Jewish Pride Night
13-Jun White Sox Polish Heritage Night
14-Jun Marlins Italian Heritage Celebration
15-Jun Marlins Nicaraguan Heritage Celebration
18-Jun Padres Scottish Heritage Night
19-Jun Cardinals African American Heritage Night
19-Jun Dodgers African American Heritage Night
20-Jun A’s African American Heritage Night
20-Jun Mariners Italian Heritage Night
21-Jun Dodgers Filipino Night
21-Jun Royals Viva Los Reales
23-Jun Mariners Japanese Heritage Day
23-Jun Royals Salute to the Negro Leagues Day
24-Jun Red Sox Catholic Night
28-Jun Reds African American Community Night
30-Jun Marlins Venezuelan Heritage Celebration

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


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Chan Ho Park with the New York Yankees in

As we near the close of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I thought I’d do some quick research on the first player to make it to the Major Leagues from Asian countries (see table below). While players from some countries – like Japan and China – made it to the majors decades ago, other nations have been represented only recently.

In the 1990s, we welcomed players from South Korea (Chan Ho Park, left, was the first), Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines. Today, however, Asian-born players make up a small proportion of all major leaguers. Currently, MLB has only one player born in Hong Kong (Austin Brice), nine from Japan, six from South Korea, and five from Taiwan).

This is obvious a topic deserving of in-depth research, so, stay tuned!

~ baseballrebecca

Country First MLB Player Debut Year Team Years Played Notes
 China Harry Kingman 1914 New York Yankees 1914
 Indonesia Tom Mastny 2006 Cleveland Indians 2006-08 Grew up in Indiana; played for the Yokohama BayStars in 2009
 Japan Masanori Murakami 1964 San Franciscon Giants 1954-65 Also played for Nankai Hawks (1963, 1966-74); Hanshin Tigers (1975); Nippon-Ham Fighters (1976-82)
 Philippines Bobby Chouinard 1996 Oakland Athletics 1998-2001 Played high school baseball in Oregon
 Singapore Robin Jennings 1996 Chicago Cubs 1996-97, 1999, 2001
South Korea Chan Ho Park 1994 Los Angeles Dodgers 1994-2010 Also played for the Orix Bufaloes and Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball League
 Taiwan Chin-Feng Chen 2002 Los Angeles Dodgers 2002-2005 Also played for the Lamigo Monkeys in the Chinese Baseball League (2006-16)
 Vietnam Danny Graves 1996 Cleveland Indians 1996-2006 His father is American and his mother Vietnamese
Kingdom of Hawaii Johnnie Williams 1914 Detroit Tigers 1914