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White Sox to pay tribute to Negro League East-West Game
06/19/2008 11:45 AM ET
CHICAGO -- On Monday, July 7, the Chicago White Sox will host the first-ever Double Duty Classic - an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro League baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first Negro League East-West All-Star Game, which was played at Old Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) will collaborate with the White Sox on the event, which includes a special forum on the history of the Negro Leagues and African-Americans in the game of baseball.

The special forum to be held at U.S. Cellular Field's Conference & Learning Center will begin at 11:00 a.m. and feature discussion panels moderated by Michael Smith of ESPN. The panels will include: Sharon Robinson (daughter of Jackie Robinson), Negro League historians Eddie Beford, Adrian Burgos and Larry Lester, along with White Sox general manager Ken Williams, outfielder Jermaine Dye and first base coach Harold Baines.

"This event, the Double Duty Classic, is about honoring the legacy of those many great players who worked and sacrificed so that we all could enjoy this game," said Ken Williams White Sox general manager. "By the same token, the event is about teaching that legacy to the next generation of players and ensuring they carry-on that heritage as they develop as players and people."

The game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field, begins at 2:30 p.m. and will feature inner-city high school players from across the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis). The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) high school travel team will represent Chicago in the All-Star showcase. The players will dress in uniforms honoring Negro Leagues' East-West All-Star teams. Each team will carry a roster of players from both the ACE team and players from across the Midwest.

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe was born on July 7, 1902 in Mobile, Ala. and played for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. At the age of 41, Radcliffe earned MVP honors for his performance during the 1943 season with the American Giants. Nicknamed "Double Duty" because he would regularly pitch the first game of a doubleheader and catch the second game, Radcliffe was one of the most dynamic players in the Negro Leagues and all of baseball. Beginning in 2002, until the year of his death in Chicago in 2005, Radcliffe threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a White Sox game.

Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC), on behalf of the Double Duty Classic, will make a $10,000 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Below is a full list of players participating in the Double Duty Classic:

White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE)
Esteban Abbey (Lane Tech)
Jamell Blue (Harlan)
Samuel Bumpers (Kenwood)
Angelo Burrage (St. Rita)
Nick Collins (Simeon)
Jonathan Dorsey (Simeon)
Kevin Finney (Curie)
Frank Gowder (Whitney Young)
Christian Hickman (Simeon)
Blake Hickman (Simeon)
Kyle Huber (Lane Tech)
Ronquis Jefferson (Harlan)
Nicholas Johnson (Simeon)
Isaac Lewis (Kenwood)
Brendan McElhaney (Lane Tech)
Adrian Perez (Clemente)
Kendall Radcliffe (Hyde Park)
Quintin Richardson (Simeon)
Christopher Rogers (Morgan Park)
Samuel Smith (Hyde Park)
Marchus White (Jones College Prep)
Jesse Wiggins (Harlan)

Midwest All-Stars
Nick Cunningham (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Daniel Fields (Detroit, Mich.)
Malcolm Frazier (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Tim Garvin (Ballwin, Mo.)
Antoine Hendricks (East St. Louis, Ill.)
Vince Howard (Sikeston, Mo)
Micah Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Vincent Knox (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Keenen Maddox (Ballwin, Mo.)
Trey Massenberg (St. Louis, Mo.)
Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.)
Blair Springfield (Decatur, Ill.)

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