JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: JETHAWKS TO HONOR NEGRO LEAGUES.
Byline: Aaron Levine Staff Writer
LANCASTER - The 1920 Detroit Stars The Detroit Stars were a United States baseball team in the Negro Leagues and played at historic Mack Park. Founded in 1919 by Tenny Blount with the help of Rube Foster, owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, the Detroit Stars immediately established themselves as one of . The 1946 Cleveland Buckeyes The Cleveland Buckeyes were a professional baseball team that played in the Negro Leagues. They were established in 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following season, the team moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where they played their games at League Park. . The 1949 Memphis Red Sox The Memphis Red Sox were a professional Negro League baseball team based in Memphis, Tennessee from the 1920s until the end of segregated baseball.
The Red Sox played in the Negro National League for most of the League's existence, although they also played independently, .
These are just a few of the old Negro League teams the JetHawks will pay tribute to Sunday at Lancaster Municipal Stadium.
The JetHawks and Lake Elsinore will compete in old-style uniforms, similar to those worn in the historic league.
``I definitely feel honored to pay tribute to guys that really not a lot of people know about,'' first-year player Jason Williams Jason Williams can refer to any of the following people:
Most Negro League teams will be represented on the uniforms, and in order to distinguish Lancaster from Lake Elsinore, the JetHawks will wear white uniforms and The Storm will sport gray ones.
``They're awesome - I like the old-school styles,'' Williams said.
Throughout the game, public-address announcer Larry Thornhill will read information about the Negro League to the crowd, including a tidbit about a certain 15-year old center fielder for the 1947 Birmingham Black Barons The Birmingham Black Barons played professional baseball for Birmingham, Alabama in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1960 when the Major Leagues successfully integrated. They alternated home stands with the Birmingham Barons in Birmingham's Rickwood Field, usually drawing larger named Willie Mays Noun 1. Willie Mays - United States baseball player (born in 1931)
Mays, Say Hey Kid, Willie Howard Mays Jr. .
``It's neat to pay tribute and really to educate the fans about the Negro Leagues Negro leagues
Associations of teams of black baseball players active largely between 1920 and the late 1940s. The principal leagues were the Negro National League, originally organized by Rube Foster in 1920, and the Negro American League, organized in 1937. - about the players, some of the stars, some of the main things that happened back then,'' JetHawks general manager Kevin Younkin said. ``There are some incredible players who played in the league and it's something that we can do to tie in what really brought about baseball as we know it today.''
The 7:15 p.m. game is not the only way the league will be honored. A softball game will precede the main contest, as dignitaries including Lancaster mayor Frank Roberts and vice mayor Henry Hearns will don old- style jerseys and caps as they play in the exhibition. Following softball, a barbecue will be open to everyone in attendance.
One ticket will allow fans entry into the softball and baseball games, along with the barbecue. According to Younkin, tickets are still available.
Burt Perry, a season-ticket holder and baseball history buff who works for the city of Lancaster The City of Lancaster (2002 population: 133,914) is a local government district with city status in Lancashire, England. Its main town is Lancaster, from which it obtained its city status. Other towns in the district include Morecambe, Heysham, Slyne, and Carnforth. , along with former professional baseball player Ellis Valentine, came up with the idea for the event two years ago. Younkin said the JetHawks' connection with AIS, the manufacturer of the normal JetHawks uniforms, enabled the organization to get a hold of the old-style clothing.
Of course, for a team that is rapidly approaching the end of the season with little room for error if it wants to make the playoffs, Williams was quick to
say the team's focus can't veer too far because of the festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
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1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
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``The game is still the most important thing,'' Williams said.
--Dodgers appearance: Former Dodgers Tommy Davis and Rudy Law attended Friday's game at the Hangar. Fans met and got autographs from the two players, who were promoting a program that allows fans to speak with former professionals over the phone called the ``Call of Fame.''