In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).
Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.
Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:
NFL Player Appearance
Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier
Wally the Green Monster
Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills)
The Oriole Bird
Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited)
Luis Tiant Appearance
Elmo and Big Bird
Former Mets Player
Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams
“All of these former [Negro Leagues] players have interesting stories to tell. They didn’t have the opportunity. Now they will.” – Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB Executive VP for Baseball Operations, 2008
Does anyone remember MLB’s Negro Leagues Player Draft, which took place on June 5, 2008? According to an article on MLB.com, the draft was “a continuation of baseball’s effort to fix a historical wrong.” (Other efforts undertaken by MLB have included the induction of Negro Leaguers into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and the annual Civil Rights Game). For this “draft,” each MLB team selected a surviving former Negro Leagues player to represent all players who were denied the opportunity to play Major League Baseball.
Interestingly, it took a while to even find any information on this event, which coincided with MLB’s First-Player Draft in 2008. (Not even a Wikipedia page!) I pieced together who was selected in this draft from I variety of sources until eventually I found one article that listed all of the players selected. I never did found a player for the St. Louis Cardinals.
This list of “drafted” players appears below. If anyone has anymore insights or information, please share!
June is LGBT Pride Month and this year more MLB teams are recognizing LGBT communities with Pride Nights. Eleven teams are hosting Pride or LGBT nights during the month of June, and 5 other teams have already held or plan to hold similar events. That’s 16 teams total, three more than I reported last year and the year before. (Oh – and just in case there’s no presidential proclamation this year regarding LGBT Pride Month, you can see all the previous proclamations at the Library of Congress website, and the archived site for the Obama Administration.)
However, as I stated previously, MLB clubs don’t always advertise their Pride Nights very well. Most teams bury the information on Pride Nights (and other special ticket events) under “Theme Nights” rather than putting them on their promotional schedules. Others make no mention at all of LGBT events, instead relying on local organizations to sponsor and advertise the events. For example, I had no idea that Tigers, Rockies, Mets, or Cubs had any special events until I read about them on Outsports. You can do better MLB.
Nonetheless, below is the calendar of LGBT Pride events at MLB ballparks this year. Note that this will be the first year the Pittsburgh Pirates will be hosting a Pride event, while other teams, like the Washington Nationals, have been doing this for more than a decade.
San Diego Padres
Out at the Park
San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego Women’s Chorus and San Diego Pride and Padres staff jointly performed the National Anthem together; special ticket purchase included $5 donation to San Diego Pride.
Pride at the Park
Hosted by the Marlins and the Clevelander Marlins Park. Special event ticket included a Pride at the Park trucker hat. Celebrity guests were” Carson Kressley and Chef Art Smith. A portion of the proceeds support the Marlins Foundation in support of local LGBTQ organizations.
Special ticket includes an A’s Pride Scarf and admittance to the pregame party on the Westside Patio.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Special guests include: actor Matt Bomer, Billy Bean (Major League Baseball Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner), Brian Pendleton (founder of #ResistMarch), actors Noah Galvin and Guillermo Diaz; and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo (plaintiffs in the landmark case overturning Prop 8 and restoring marriage equality to California). The National Anthem will be performed by actor Dot Marie Jones accompanied by members for the Gay Men’s Chorus and Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
Tampa Bay Rays
Special ticket includes a Rays Pride Tumbler
Boston Red Sox
The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus will sing the National Anthem
The Nationals’ 13th Annual Night OUT. Proceeds from ticket sales contribute to Team DC’s Student-Athlete Scholarships, which are awarded each year to local college-bound LGBT student-athletes who, through their role in academics and sports, have enhanced the perception of the LGBT community.
No additional information on the website
New York Mets
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Network and its Safe Schools Initiative to stop bullying in Long Island and Queens.
Hosted by the Seattle Mariners and Greater Seattle Business Association. Tickets include a Pride Night hat.
This is the Braves’ 7th annual LGBT Night. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lost-n-Found Youth, whose mission is to take homeless LGBT youth off the street. Special ticket package also includes a Braves commemorative hat.
San Francisco Giants
The special event ticket package includes a LGBT/Giants scarf. Partial proceeds from each special event ticket will be donated to local non-profits in the LGBT community.
This is the Pirates’ first Pride Day; each special ticket includes a special Pirates Pride Day cap.
The first 1,000 fans to purchase these special tickets receive a coupon for Phillies rainbow socks.
Out at Wrigley
This event is not mentioned on the Cubs’ website, but a special website has been created at: http://www.outatwrigley.com/
Deux Montréalais qui vont visiter chaque terrain de la ligue majeure de baseball pour promouvoir le retour d'une équipe de baseball à Montréal Two montrealers visiting all the mlb ballparks to promote the return of an mlb franchise in Montreal