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Harmon to receive Powel Crosley, Jr. Award

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds Hall of Fame announced on Sunday that former player Chuck Harmon will be the 2014 recipient of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award for his "dedication, devotion and service" to the Reds over an extended period.

Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Reds 60 years ago on April 17, 1954. He will be presented with his award as the Reds join all of Major League Baseball on Tuesday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day during pregame ceremonies ahead of the Reds-Pirates meeting at Great American Ball Park.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds Hall of Fame announced on Sunday that former player Chuck Harmon will be the 2014 recipient of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award for his "dedication, devotion and service" to the Reds over an extended period.

Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Reds 60 years ago on April 17, 1954. He will be presented with his award as the Reds join all of Major League Baseball on Tuesday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day during pregame ceremonies ahead of the Reds-Pirates meeting at Great American Ball Park.

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"We are extremely pleased to recognize Chuck Harmon for his tremendous courage, strength of character and devotion to the Reds for over 60 years," said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum executive director. "Whether it is appearing in the community or signing autographs for his many fans, Chuck truly represents everything that is positive about the game of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds."

Harmon, who turns 90 on April 23, is scheduled to sign autographs and meet with fans on Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The signing is free with Museum admission.

As part of the celebration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, the Reds will be having other festivities.

All players and coaches from both clubs will be wearing Robinson's No. 42 on the field. Clay Holland from Holland and Holland, Inc. will accept the 2014 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award., presented annually by the Reds and MLB.

Players and coaches from Kentucky State University and Trevecca Nazarene University baseball teams will also be recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies. The two teams are playing the first collegiate game at the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 15 at 2 p.m.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

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