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05/30/08 11:00 AM ET

White Sox to select Presswood

Infielder to represent Negro Leaguers in Chicago family

The White Sox will select Henry "Hank" Presswood with their pick in the special ceremonial Negro Leagues Player Draft prior to the start of the 2008 First-Year Payer Draft on Thursday, June 5.

Each Major League club will 'draft' a surviving former Negro Leagues players, who will represent every player who did not have the opportunity to play Major League Baseball. This Negro Leagues Player Draft is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET, when each team's selections will be announced and each Negro League alum will be honored. The event will be broadcast live on MLB.com.

Presswood played four seasons in the Negro Leagues from 1948-50 and 1952. He played shortstop for the Cleveland Buckeyes for his first three seasons, and two years after leaving the team, he played as a third baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League.

MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage on BaseballChannel.TV begins with the ceremonial draft of former Negro Leaguers, who will be on hand at The Milk House. The First-Year Player Draft follows at 2 p.m. with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively on BaseballChannel.TV, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley of Perfect Game USA.

Several of the top amateur prospects are expected in attendance in Orlando for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front-office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Day 2 will get under way at 11:30 a.m. and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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