This summer, the Chicago White Sox will host the first-ever Double Duty Classic an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players.
The game will take place on Monday, July 7 at U.S. Cellular Field with inner city high school players from across the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis) participating in the All-Star showcase. The players will dress in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues' East-West All-Star Game.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first East-West All-Star Game, which was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) will collaborate with the White Sox on the event, which will include a special forum on the history of the Negro Leagues and African-Americans in the game of baseball. The forum will precede the game on July 7 and feature a roster of speakers and prominent members of the baseball community.
- Game starts at 2:30 p.m.
- Gates to U.S. Cellular Field open at 1:30 p.m.
- Free parking in Lot B (just north of ballpark)
- Admission to the game is FREE!
- Call 312-674-5338 for tickets
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.
Test Your Knowledge of the Negro Leagues!
Negro Leagues History Trivia|
Q: Where and when was the very first East-West All-Star game played?
A: At Chicago's Old Comiskey Park in 1933. This summer marks the 75th Anniversary of the first game.
Q: Where is the Negro League Hall of Fame located?
A: Kansas City. It opened in 1991.
Q: How many Negro League World Series were held?
A: Eleven. From 1924-1927 and from 1942-1948.
Q: Which team won the very first Negro League World Series?
A: Kansas City Monarchs in 1924, defeating the Hilldale Daisies.
Q: Who founded and managed the Chicago American Giants?
A: Rube Foster, in 1912.
Q: Can you name the very first Black professional baseball team?
A: The New York Cuban Giants, founded in 1885.
Q: In what year did the Negro Leagues complete their final full season?
A: 1960. The Negro Leagues operated from 1920-1960.
Negro Leagues Player Trivia|
Q: Why is the Double Duty Classic being played on July 7th?
A: In celebration of Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe's birthday. Fellow negro league legend, Satchel Paige was also born on July 7th.
Q: Why was Ted Radcliffe nicknamed "Double Duty"?
A: Damon Runyan gave him the nickname for pitching one game of a doubleheader and then catching the other.
Q: Who was the MVP of the first East-West All-Star ever played?
A: Turkey Stearnes. He earned his nickname for the way his arms flapped when he ran.
Q: Name the Negro Leagues pitcher who won Game 1 of the 1952 World Series (Dodgers over Yankees)?
A: Joe Black. He played seven seasons in the Negro Leagues for the Baltimore Elite Giants, helping them win two Championships, 1939 and 1949.
Q: Which Negro League team did Jackie Robinson play for?
A: Kansas City Monarchs, 1945.
Q: Which Negro League player holds the unique distinction of being elected to the Hall of Fame in three different countries?
A: Martin Dihigo. He is a member of Hall of Fames in the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico.
Q: What legendary player once said "Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common."?
A: Satchel Paige.
Q: Who did Buck O'Neil say is Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker all rolled into one."?
A: Oscar Charleston.
Q: Which player, known as the "Black Babe Ruth" was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972?
A: Josh Gibson.