Crew hosts 10th annual Negro Leagues Game

Crew hosts 10th annual Negro Leagues Game

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and Pirates went back in time during Saturday's game when it came to their uniforms. As part of Milwaukee's 10th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, the Brewers donned uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears, who played one season (1923) in the Negro Leagues. The Pirates represented the Pittsburgh Crawfords (1931-38) in an 8-5 Brewers win.

During a pregame ceremony, the Brewers organization honored former players and baseball contributors Gilbert Hernandez Black and James Beckum. In honor of the event, Brewers Community Foundation will make a donation to both the Negro Leagues Museum and Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players Foundation.

An autograph session for fans with both Black and Beckum took place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park.

Beckum, who began playing Negro League baseball at the age of 21, has a Little League named after him located in Milwaukee. The league has been a chartered member of Little League baseball since 1966. Over 300 children participate in the league, and it fields 25 teams.

Brandon Curry is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.