MLB Heritage Celebrations

17991985_10210450229270161_7373124005593779385_nSince I finally published the annual bobblehead list yesterday, I figured it was about time to publish the list of MLB heritage celebrations. I had the privilege of attending Korean Heritage Night at the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, and this year I just so happened to be in town for the Oakland Athletics’ Korean Heritage Night. Even if you’re not a member of the various groups below, there are a lot of cool things happening and you can learn a lot about other folks!

(Note that some dates below may require special tickets for some of the activities involved.)

All Groups
3-Aug Twins Diversity Day
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
18-Apr Oakland Korean Heritage Night
25-Apr Phillies Asian Pacific Celebration
11-May Giants Filipino Heritage Night 1
15-May Giants Korean Heritage Night
18-May Dodgers Japan Night
25-May Dodgers Korea Night
30-May Giants Chinese Heritage Night
30-May White Sox Asian Heritage Night
31-May Giants Japanese Heritage Night
20-Jun Dodgers Hawaiian Night
23-Jun Dodgers Filipino Night
26-Jul Rangers Japan/America Friendship Night
30-Jul Rangers Korean Heritage Night
18-Aug Giants Polynesian Heritage Night
19-Sep Giants Filipino Heritage Night 2
22-Sep Oakland Filipino Heritage Night
Native Americans
10-Jun Arizona Native American Recognition Day
23-Jun Giants Native American Heritage Night
22-Jul Mariners Salute to Native American Night
African Americans
15-Apr Nationals Jackie Robinson/Black Heritage Day
29-Apr Rangers African American Heritage Night
7-May Royals Salute to the Negro Leagues/Dressed to the Nines
2-Jun Phillies African American Heritage Celebration
16-Jun Pirates African American Heritage Celebration
19-Jun Dodgers African American Heritage Night
10-Aug Cardinals Negro Leagues Tribute
12-Aug Brewers Negro League Tribute Night
25-Aug Reds African American Community Night
13-Sep Giants African American Heritage Night
6/30 – 7/2 Detroit Negro Leagues Weekend
6/30 – 8/2 Detroit 15th Annual Negro Leagues Weekend
8/18-19/2017 Braves Hank Aaaron Heritage Weekend
Latinos and Hispanics
7-May Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Venezuelan Culture
9-May Dodgers Mexican Heritage Night
23-Jun Miami Venezuelan Heritage Night
2-Jul Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Domincan Republic Culture
12-Aug Detroit Fiesta Tigres
25-Aug Miami Domincan Heritage Night
25-Aug Phillies Goya Latino Family Celebration
8-Sep Nationals Roberto Clemente/Hispanic Heritage Day
9-Sep Arizona Hispanic Heritage Day
9-Sep Mariners Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night
9-Sep Rangers Hispanic Heritiage Night
15-Sep Detroit Hispanic Heritage Month Recognition
15-Sep Detroit Hispanic Heritage
17-Sep Miami Nicaraguan Heritage Day
22-Sep Reds Fiesta Rojos (for Hispanic Heritage Month)
22-Sep White Sox Hispanic Heritage Night
23-Sep Astros Hispanic Heritage Street Fest
23-Sep Astros Hispanic Heritage Street Fest
23-Sep Padres Hispanic Heritage NIght
24-Sep Padres Domingos Padres: Celebration of Hispanic Cultures
27-Sep Dodgers Hispanic Heritage Night
1-Oct Miami Mexican Heritage Day
European Americans
25-Apr Giants Irish Heritage Night 1
2-May Nationals Irish Heritage Day
12-May White Sox Italian Heritage Night
19-May Detroit Polish Night
5-Jun Phillies Irish Heritage Celebration
9-Jun Giants Portuguese Heritage Night
20-Jun Phillies Greek Heritage Celebration
27-Jun White Sox Polish Heritage Night
18-Jul White Sox Greek Heritage Night
28-Jul Phillies Italian Heritage Celebration
22-Aug Giants Irish Heritage Night 2
25-Aug Oakland Italian Heritage Night
31-Aug Giants Italian Heritage Night
18-Sep Detroit Greek Heritage Night
18-Sep Detroit Greek Heritage
22-Sep Detroit Irish Heritage Night
22-Sep Detroit Irish Heritage
23-Sep Mariners Oktoberfest
23-Sep Mariners Oktoberfest
26-Sep Oakland Portuguese Heritage Night
27-Sep Phillies Oktoberfest
29-Sep Giants Oktoberfest
29-Sep Nationals Oktoberfest
9/15-17/2017 Reds Oktoberfest
Religious Heritage
13-Jun Red Sox Jewish Heritage Night
25-Jun Dodgers Christian Faith Day
21-Jul Dodgers Mormon Night
13-Aug Dodgers Jewish Community Day
15-Aug Oakland Jewish Heritage Night
21-Aug Giants Jewish Heritage Night
27-Aug Nationals Jewish Community Day
3-Sep Miami Jewish Heritage Day
14-Sep Phillies Jewish Heritage Celebration

Baseball Heritage: Part 1 (the Big Four: German, Hispanic, Irish, and Italian)

Flyer for Italian Heritage Night with the San Francisco GiantsOne thing I love about minor league baseball is the teams’ creative ideas for promotions. Recently, Major League teams have followed suit by having similar promotions. The ones that caught my attention this year are those that I call “Heritage Nights.” This year, you can celebrate everything from Black Heritage to Slovenian Heritage at ballparks across the country.

Sociologists just love this kind of thing – especially the Baseball Sociologist! Someday I will analyze this more carefully, but for now I’ll just give you a rundown of the many heritages you can celebrate. For starters, the Omaha Storm Chasers held a generic-sounding “Heritage Night” on April 18. Its unclear which heritage(s?) they may have been celebrating, though it did include a pre-game parade featuring the St. Lucia Group (whoever they are) and a pre-game performance by a local Native American group. In addition, the Quad Cities River Bandits are holding “Global Cultural Night” on August 15, though they don’t explain what that entails. Maybe these celebrations are designed to celebrate everything.

Other teams are hosting celebrations that I’m not convinced are necessarily celebrating any sort of heritage. This include the many, many teams that are having Cinco de Mayo celebrations (though not all on May 5, or even in May), St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and Mardi Gras celebrations (such as “Halfway to Mardi Gras” night at the New Orleans Zephyrs on August 14 and “Mardi Gras Night” hosted by the Modesto Nuts on August 29).  Of course, if you don’t want to profess any sort of heritage other than “American,” you can go to “American Heritage Night” on July 2 at the Wilmington Blue Rocks. (Which, I’m guessing, is likely related to 4th of July celebrations at several other ballparks.)

Today, I’m giving you the dates for the top 4 groups – those that them most teams are celebrating: German Heritage (also includes Oktoberfest), Hispanic Heritage (or Latino or Latin American Heritage), Irish Heritage (not including St. Patrick’s Day celebrations), and Italian Heritage.

Enjoy celebrating everyone’s heritage!

~ baseballrebecca

German Heritage and/or Oktoberfest:

4/24      Charlotte Knights (AAA)

6/16      Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

8/7        Akron RubberDucks (AA)

8/13      Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)

8/28      Tulsa Drillers (AA)

8/29      Tri-City ValleyCats (A)

9/6        Cincinnati Reds

9/19      Los Angeles Angels

9/19      Tampa Bay Rays

9/20      Oakland A’s

9/25      San Francisco Giants

9/26      Arizona Diamondbacks

9/27      Seattle Mariners


Hispanic/Latino/Latin American Heritage:

5/4        Round Rock Express (AAA)

5/5        San Jose Giants (A) (this is “Mexican Heritage Night”)

5/22      Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

6/14      Kannapolis Intimidators (A)

7/10      Charlotte (AAA)

7/18      Great Lakees Loons (A)

7/23      Buffalo Bisons (AAA)

7/27      Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)

7/31      Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)

8/3        Charleston Riverdogs (A)

8/14      Texas Rangers

8/27      Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)

8/27      Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)

9/7        Cincinnati Reds

9/13      Seattle Mariners

9/13      San Francisco Giants

9/20      Houston Astros

9/23      Washington Nationals

9/26      Chicago White Sox


Irish Heritage:

4/24      Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

4/30      San Francisco Giants

5/4        Charleston Riverdogs (A)

5/7        Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

5/17      Reading Fightin Phils (AA)

5/19      Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

6/4        Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)

6/12      Akron RubberDucks (AA)

6/24      Buffalo Bisons (AAA)

6/26      Charlotte Knights (AAA)

7/17      South Bend Silver Hawks (A)

7/18      Columbus Clippers (AAA)

7/23      Peoria Chiefs (A)

7/31      Brooklyn Cyclones (A)

7/31      West Michigan Whitecaps (A)

8/7        Trenton Thunder (AA)

8/9        Lakewood BlueClaws (A)

8/12      Tri-City ValleyCats (A)

8/14      Charlotte Stone Crabs (A)

8/23      Lake County Captains (A)

8/27      San Francisco Giants

9/5        Cincinnati Reds


Italian Heritage:

5/14      Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)

6/24      San Francisco Giants

7/5        Hudson Valley Renegades (A) (this is “Sicilian Saturday” to be exact)

7/10      Charlotte Knights (AAA)

7/11      Lake County Captains (A)

7/18      Chicago White Sox

8/1        Tri-City ValleyCats (A)

8/1        Oakland A’s

8/2        San Jose Giants (A)