The Chicago White Sox will hold the 10th annual Double Duty Classic (DDC) - an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro League baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players - at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, July 20.The DDC game will begin at
The Chicago White Sox will hold the 10th annual Double Duty Classic (DDC) - an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro League baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players - at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, July 20.
The DDC game will begin at 1:05 p.m., featuring the best inner-city high school players dressed in retro East-West All-Star uniforms to honor past Negro Leaguers and those who played in the historic game at Old Comiskey Park. Admission to the game and parking in Lot B are free. Fans interested in attending must enter the ballpark through Gate 5, which will have pregame entertainment starting at 11:30 a.m. The game also will be broadcast live on CSN with WLS-AM personality Connor McKnight calling the action.
"This year's event is particularly special as we mark the 10th Double Duty Classic event in our history," said Christine O'Reilly, White Sox vice president of community relations. "Each year, we have seen young men participate in the event, learn and grow from the experience here - not only on the field, but in their careers away from the field and at home. It is so important to us that we continue to share the incredible legacy of the Negro Leagues with the next generation, so that we never take for granted the sacrifice and dedication of those men who played in order to give others a chance to play."
A special forum discussion on the history of the Negro Leagues and African-Americans in baseball will be held prior to the baseball game. The forum is for invited guests only, along with members of the media. WSCR personality Laurence Holmes is scheduled to emcee the forum of panelists, including: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of Youth Programs Tony Reagins, White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson and White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams.