Saturday, July 5, 2008
Happy Venezuelan Independence Day (perhaps, knowing Ozzie, maybe I should have checked first, but he said it’s Venezuelan Independence Day … Viva Simon Bolivar)
OC, SS; BA, CF; Q, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; Crede, 3B; Swisher, 1B; Ramirez, 2B; Hall, C. Floyd pitching.
The White Sox lead the American League with 117 home runs, 13 more than Texas …Paul Konerko went 2-3 with a walk playing first base last night for Class AAA Charlotte … the Sox are 19-12 when the opposition starts a left-handed pitcher … the Sox have been in first place 76 days this season.
Double Duty Classic
For those of you who love high school baseball and want to support a neat new event we are hosting on Monday:
WHITE SOX TO HOST TRIBUTE TO NEGRO LEAGUES ALL-STAR GAME
Double Duty Classic to Feature High School Talent from Across Midwest and Commemorate 75th Anniversary of East-West All-Star Game
CHICAGO – This summer, the Chicago White Sox will host the first-ever Double Duty Classic – an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players.
The game will take place on Monday, July 7 at U.S. Cellular Field with inner city high school players from across the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis) participating in the All-Star showcase. The players will dress in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Star Game.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first East-West All-Star Game, which was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) will collaborate with the White Sox on the event, which will include a special forum on the history of the Negro Leagues and African-Americans in the game of baseball. The forum will precede the game on July 7 and feature a roster of speakers and prominent members of the baseball community.
“It is with great honor we host the first-ever Double Duty Classic,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox chairman. “With this event we hope to provide young inner-city players an opportunity to showcase their skills. Equally important, the event honors the legacy of the Negro Leagues and its history in the city of Chicago.”
Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was born on July 7, 1902 in Mobile, Ala. and played for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. At the age of 41, Radcliffe earned MVP honors for his performance during the 1943 season with the American Giants. Nicknamed “Double Duty” because he would regularly pitch the first game of a doubleheader and catch the second game, Radcliffe was one of the most dynamic players in the Negro Leagues and all of baseball. Beginning in 2002, until the year of his death in Chicago in 2005, Radcliffe threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a White Sox game.
Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC), on behalf of the Double Duty Classic, will make a $10,000 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Just stopped in my office. We snuck a round of golf in this morning at Lost Dunes in Bridgman, Mich. Ed played well.
He looked at the framed newspapers on the wall of my office from the 2005 postseason.
“We played like that team a few days ago,” he said.
“I look at those pictures from 2005 … in some ways it seems like it was a long time ago. In other ways, it seems like it was yesterday.”
He was off to find a dozen baseballs to sign for a friend.
“You want me to de-value a baseball?” he asked his friend, just to be sure.
Running this a third time …
Blog Night III
OK, we finally got this worked out … to order click here.
Game is 8/6 vs. Detroit (7:11 start). Tickets are $18 each and supplies are limited so order early. Passcode when you order is: “Blog” (creative, I know).
If you have any problems or issues ordering: firstname.lastname@example.org (my good friend Dustin)
As in past years, Blog Night III attendees will be asked to arrive by 5:45 pm for an event in the Conference & Learning Center (details to follow). From there, you can head up to your seats as a group.
How about anyone who has attended in the past offering their thoughts/opinions/comments to others here to explain how the evening goes and if it’s a good time (or not) …