Tonight's first pitch will consist of a generational "passing of the ball" representing baseball's
critical role in the civil rights movement and the enduring spirit of this important era that lives on
today. The ceremony features Ernie Westfield, former Negro Leagues pitcher for the
Birmingham Black Barons; Minnie Miñoso, former Negro Leaguer, White Sox legend and the
first professional athlete of color in Chicago; Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer
Jackie Robinson and MLB Educational Programming Consultant; Larry Doby, Jr., son of Hall of
Famer Larry Doby; Jamal Martin, member of the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) team; and
Joseph Debrah, participant in MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. Six-time
All-Star and Assistant Hitting Coach for the Chicago White Sox Harold Baines will catch the first
Platinum-selling, international recording sensation Charice, who is also performing at the MLB
Beacon Awards Luncheon, will sing the National Anthem. "America the Beautiful" will be
performed by local schoolteacher Gerald Chaney during the 7th inning stretch.
Other highlights of pre-game ceremonies include a special recognition of the new
commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on
Washington, and a check presentation to the Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children's
Hospital by Hall of Famer and MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank
Robinson and Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams.
The Civil Rights Game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field
will be played tonight (game time scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET). The Civil Rights
Game will air nationally on MLB Network and locally on Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago and FOX
Sports Southwest in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.