Uncategorized

Police Reports: June 22, 2015

Three H-F High School baseball players are playing in Wednesday’s Double Duty Classic at U.S. Cellular Field, a tribute to Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago.

A photo from the White Sox’ 
website promoting the 2015 
Double Duty Classic game. 
Three ballplayers from H-F 
will be playing in this year’s 
game.
(Provided photo)

The game, hosted by the Chicago White Sox, celebrates the history and tradition of the Negro Leagues while promoting the next generation of African-American baseball players from the city and suburbs.

H-F ballplayers Bryce Gray, Percy Walters and Walter Carter are among the 37 participants in this year’s game, said Kevin Coe, director of youth baseball initiatives for the White Sox. Gray is a catcher, Walters plays third base and Carter is an outfielder, Coe said.

Teens are eligible to play in the Double Duty game through the end of their junior year in high school, Coe said. The program is designed to provide youth baseball opportunities for inner city players who otherwise would not be able to afford the costs of traveling teams and year-round coaching.  Some suburban players also participate in the program.

“We take players starting at age 12,” he said. “It’s a chance for them to get good coaching, to refine their skills and to play together during the summer. We think that it is an awesome way for them to learn.”

This is the eighth year that the White Sox are hosting the Double Duty Classic, which commemorates the annual Negro Leagues All-Star Game that took place annually at Comiskey Park, the team’s former home. Coe said this year’s players will wear vintage uniforms – navy and cream-colored – from the Negro League’s East and West divisions.

The game begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Lot B at U.S. Cellular Field. The game also will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Pre-game entertainment outside the ballpark starts at 11:30 a.m. The gates will open at noon with a pre-game ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m.  

Ballplayers will also be able to attend a special forum discussion prior to the game on the history of the Negro Leagues and African-Americans in the game of baseball. The forum, which starts at 10 a.m., is for invited guests only.

Julian “JR” Jackson, sports reporter for JRSportBrief and CNN’s HLN, will serve as host of the special forum. Special guests at the forum include White Sox All-Star pitcher James Baldwin, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick, ESPN analyst and columnist Michael Wilbon and White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams.

The game is named for Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who was considered one of the most dynamic players in the Negro Leagues – and in all of baseball. He played for the Chicago American Giants. In 1943, at the age of 41, Radcliffe earned MVP honors for his performance with the American Giants.

Radcliffe was nicknamed Double Duty because he would regularly pitch the first game of a doubleheader and catch the second game. Beginning in 2002 and until the year of his death in Chicago in 2005, Radcliffe threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a White Sox game.

Community Calendar

News by email

Subscribe to The Latest (daily headlines email)

* indicates required

View previous campaigns.

Free weekly newsletter

Subscribe to The Weeks (weekly newsletter)

* indicates required

Recent video: Progress on police reform, part 2