Civil Rights Game

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The Civil Rights Game was an annual game between major league teams designed to commemorate baseball's role in promoting the cause of civil rights and to honor personalities who have played a major role in the fight for equality.

The game was first played in 2007 in connection with the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in 1947. The first two games were exhibition games played at the tail end of spring training in Memphis, TN. Subsequent editions were played in major league cities and were regular-season games, a result of significant media and popular interest in the annual event, which grew from a simple game to a series of events around the game. The game was moved to a later part of the season in 2012, but a formal announcement about the new date was only made after the All-Star break. In 2014, the game returned to an early-season slot. It was not played after 2015, although MLB did not make an official announcement about the reasons for dropping what had become a very successful event, and whether it would be revived at some point.

The teams in the game wore throwback uniforms, either from the Negro Leagues or from years that have played a significant role in history. Various events around the game were planned to underline the theme of civil rights, including baseball handing out Beacon Awards to personalities who have played a key role in the battle for civil rights, inside or outside baseball. The Beacon Awards include a "Beacon of Life" award, honoring a former player, and "Beacon of Change" and "Beacon of Hope" awards honoring other personalities from outside the game.


Year Date Host City Stadium Team Score Team Attendance
2007 March 31 Memphis, TN AutoZone Park St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Cleveland Indians 12,815
2008 March 29 Memphis, TN AutoZone Park New York Mets 3-2 Chicago White Sox 7,717
2009 June 20 Cincinnati, OH Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds 8-10 Chicago White Sox 42,234
2010 May 15 Cincinnati, OH Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds 4-3 St. Louis Cardinals 41,326
2011 May 15 Atlanta, GA Turner Field Atlanta Braves 3-2 Philadelphia Phillies 42,117
2012 August 18 Atlanta, GA Turner Field Atlanta Braves 2-6 Los Angeles Dodgers 42,219
2013 August 24 Chicago, IL U.S. Cellular Field Chicago White Sox 3-2 Texas Rangers 22,079
2014 May 30 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park Houston Astros 2-1 Baltimore Orioles 38,482
2015 April 15 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Seattle Mariners 51,287

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