Civil Rights Game Press Conference

Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds announced today the three MLB Beacon Award Recipients at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.  The MLB Beacon Awards recognize individuals whose lives are emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement.  Past award winners include Vera Clemente, Spike Lee, Buck O’Neil, Ruby Dee and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and National Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson

The 2009 MLB Beacon Awards will be presented to Bill Cosby, Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali

The recipients will be honored on June 20th at the Duke Energy Convention Center during the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, to be held the afternoon of the 2009 MLB Civil Rights Game between the Reds and Chicago White Sox.

In attendance at today’s press conference were former Negro Leagues players, current MLB personnel and Reds representatives.  Here are some photos from today’s event.

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Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini made the historic announcement for Cincinnati to host the MLB Civil Rights Game for the next two years.

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Fox Sports Ohio’s George Grande met up with former Reds players Chuck Harmon and Frank Robinson during today’s announcement.

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Everyone in attendance gathered for a group photo. Seated left to right are Negro Leagues players Don Johnson, Leo Cardenas, Tom Turner, Ron Warren and Chuck Harmon. Standing left to right are Negro Leagues player Charlie Davis, Reds manager Dusty Baker, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, MLB’s Jimmie Lee Solomon and Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini.

-JM

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