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

2017 MLB Bobblehead Giveaways


Now that I’ve finally acquired my first bobblehead of the year (more on that later this week), it’s time to finally post the list of MLB bobblehead giveaways. Below are the giveaways for June as well as the bobbleheads already given out this year at MLB ballparks. I’ll publish future giveaways for this year at the end of each month during the season – i.e., look for the list of July bobblehead giveaways on June 30th.

June Giveaways
2-4-Jun Reds Iron Man Bobblehead (special ticket required)
3-Jun Brewers Iron Man Bobblehead (special ticket)
3-Jun Mariners Nelson Cruz
3-Jun Miami Giancarlo Stanton 2016 MLB Home Run Derby Bobblehead
3-Jun Oakland Khris Davis
3-Jun Orioles Manny Machado Starting Lineup Figure
3-Jun Rangers Cole Hamels Super Hero Bobblehead
3-Jun Reds Anthony DeSciafani
3-Jun Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Alex Gordon
4-Jun Blue Jays Josh Donaldson
6-Jun Dodgers Justin Turner
7-Jun Brewers Stitch ‘n Pitch Bobblehead featuring Brewers Racing Sausage Bratwurst (special ticket)
8-Jun Cubs “World Series MVP” Bobblehead
9-Jun Braves Bartolo Colon
9-Jun Cardinals Orlando Cepeda
9-Jun Nationals Tanner Roark
9-Jun Yankees Reggie Jackson
10-Jun Tampa Bay Matt Duffy Double Play Bobblehead
12-Jun Red Sox Chris Sale
13-Jun Cardinals Scott Terry mini bobblehead (special ticket)
16-Jun Braves Dansby “The Flow” Bobblehead
16-Jun Brewers Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket)
16-Jun Tigers Michael Fulmer Rookie of the Year Bobblehead
17-Jun Pirates Jordy Mercer
17-Jun Reds Pete Rose replica statue
18-Jun Oakland Marcus Semien Starting Lineup Action Figure
21-Jun Cubs Replica Rizzo Platinum and Gold Glove Trophy
21-Jun Dodgers Andre Ethier
21-Jun Phillies Phillies Star Wars Phanatic Red Leader (special ticket)
21-Jun Twins Brian Dozier “A Force 2B Reckoned With” Strormtrooper Bobblehead (special Ticket)
24-Jun Arizona Paul Goldschmidt X-Wing Fighter Pilot Star Wars Bobblehead
24-Jun Cardinals Bob Gibson “Final Out” bobblehead (part one of two)
24-Jun Giants Retro Bobble
24-Jun Tampa Bay Kevin Kiermaier Star Wars Bobblehead
25-Jun Cardinals Fredbird Bobblehead (kids 15 and under)
25-Jun White Sox Southpaw Birthday Bobbleheads (kids 13 and under)
26-Jun Cardinals Carlos Martinez and Matt Carpenter double bobblehead
27-Jun Red Sox Manny Ramirez
29-Jun Red Sox Charlie Brown (with special ticket purchase)
Past Dates and Other Bobblehead Giveaways
no date Reds Eric Davis 30/30 dual bobblehead with 6-game ticket plan
no date White Sox Carlton Fisk (when joinining Sox Pride Club)
no date White Sox Jim Thome (with purchase of SoxFest 2016 weekend hotel package)
4-Mar Tampa Bay Logan Forsythe
25-Mar Tampa Bay Raymond/DJ Kitty Bobblehead
5-Apr Red Sox Rick Porcello
8-Apr Arizona Jake Lamb
8-Apr Astros Jose Altuve “Handshake Series” Bobblehead
8-Apr Cardinals Yadier Molina
8-Apr Pirates Francisco Cervelli That’s Amore Singing Bobblehead
8-Apr Rockies DJ LeMahieu NL Batting Champion Bobblehead
8-Apr Tampa Bay Kevin Kiermaier Gold Glove Bobblehead
14-Apr Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Statue
14-Apr Miami Don Mattingly
14-Apr Nationals Daniel Murphy
14-Apr Red Sox Mookie Betts
15-Apr Dodgers Replica Jackie Robinson Statue
15-Apr Giants Johnny Cueto Shimmy Bobble
18-Apr Cardinals Red Schoendienst mini bobblehead (special ticket)
19-Apr Mariners Ichiro Dual Bobblehead
22-Apr Mets Matt Harvey garden gnome
22-Apr Tampa Bay Chris Archer Starting Lineup Figurine
23-Apr Brewers Jonathan Villar
25-Apr Cardinals Lou Brock mini bobblehead (special ticket)
28-Apr Cardinals Bruce Sutter garden gnome
28-Apr Royals Rusty Kuntz (special ticket)
29-Apr Cardinals Carols Martinez and Matt Carpenter Double Bobblehead
29-Apr Dodgers Corey Seager
29-Apr Rangers Adrian Beltre Dancing Legs Bobble
30-Apr Giants “Pence on Board” Plush Window Cling
30-Apr Yankees Gary Sanchez
2-May Cardinals Tom Pagnozzi mini bobblehead (special ticket)
3-May Dodgers Vin Sully Commemorative Microphone Statue
4-May Red Sox Mookie Betts Jedi bobblehead (with special ticket purchase)
5-May Reds Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
6-May Braves R.A. Dickey Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
6-May Mariners Felix Hernandez
6-May Oakland Bob Melvin
6-May Tampa Bay Bubble Blowin’ Evan Longoria
6-May Twins Rocket Raccoon Bobblehead
10-May Dodgers Kenley Jansen
13-May Brewers Jedi Keon Bobblehead (Star Wars Night) (special ticket)
13-May Rangers Elvis Andrus/Rougned Odor High Five Bobblehead (1 of 2)
13-May Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Danny Duffy
14-May Blue Jays Marco Estrada
14-May Nationals Trea Turner
16-May Angels Trout MVP Season: Bobblehead 1 of 3
19-May Braves Ender Inciarte “Game Ender Catch” Bobblehead
19-May Cardinals Bobby Tolan mini bobblehead (special ticket)
19-May Reds Grateful Dead Terrapin figurine (special ticket)
20-May Astros Lance McCullers “Glow in the Dark” Gnome
20-May Cubs “The Final Out” Bobblehead
20-May Mariners Jay Buhner
20-May Mets David Wright Starting Lineup Figurine
20-May Pirates Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair
20-May Reds Adam Duvall
23-May Dodgers Joc Pederson
24-May Red Sox Craig Kimbrel
27-May Indians Jose Ramirez
28-May Brewers Robin Yount
28-May Miami Felo Ramirez
30-May Cardinals Whitey Herzog mini bobblehead (special ticket)

Dave Winfield on the 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft


Yesterday, I posted some information on MLB’s 2008 Negro Leagues Player Draft. Here are a few comments from Dave Winfield, courtesy of the African American Registry:

 

Negro Leagues Player Draft, June 5, 2008


“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!

~ baseballrebecca

Player Drafted By
Bob Mitchell Arizona Diamondbacks
James “Red” Moore Atlanta Braves
Bert Simmons Baltimore Orioles
Jim Colzie Boston Red Sox
Walter Owens Chicago Cubs
Hank Presswood Chicago White Sox
Charlie Davis Cincinnati Reds
Otha “Li’l Catch” Bailey Cleveland Indians
Mack Pride, Jr. Colorado Rockies
Cecil Kaiser Detroit Tigers
Enrique Maroto Florida Marlins
Bill Blair Houston Astros
Ulysses Hollimon Kansas City Royals
Neale “Bobo” Henderson Los Angeles Angels
Andrew Porter Los Angeles Dodgers
Joe Scott Milwaukee Brewers
Bill “Lefty” Bell Minnesota Twins
Robert Scott New York Mets
Emilio “Millito” Navarro New York Yankees
Irvin Castille Oakland Athletics
Mahlon Duckett Philadelphia Phillies
James Tillman Pittsburgh Pirates
Walter McCoy San Diego Padres
Carlos Manuel Santiago San Francisco Giants
John “Mule” Miles Seattle Mariners
Walter Lee Gibbons Tampa Bay Rays
Charley Pride Texas Rangers
Harold Gould Toronto Blue Jays
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Washington Nationals

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 5/28-6/3/2017


First no-hitter of the season, and he dedicated it to Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura!