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Major League Baseball White Sox made joint announcement today U.S. Cellular Field. The seventh annual Civil Rights game will play

Major League Baseball and the White Sox made a joint announcement today at U.S. Cellular Field. The seventh annual Civil Rights game will play in Chicago for the first time when the White Sox host the Texas Rangers at U.S Cellular Field on August 24. L-r are: Hall of Famer and MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank Robinson, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and Sox executive vice president Ken Williams. Also there were and Sox greats Frank Thomas and Minnie Minoso. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:07PM



The seventh annual Civil Rights Game will be played in Chicago for the first time when the White Sox host the Texas Rangers on Aug. 24 at U.S Cellular Field. It will be the first Civil Rights Game for the Rangers but the third for the Sox.

Major League Baseball created the game to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights in America. The game was played at Auto Zone Park in Memphis, Tenn., in 2007 and 2008, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati in 2009 and 2010 and at Turner Field in Atlanta the last two seasons. The Sox played the New York Mets in 2008 and the Cincinnati Reds in 2009.

Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Hall of Famer and MLB executive vice president of baseball development Frank Robinson, Sox executive vice president Ken Williams and Sox greats Frank Thomas and Minnie Minoso were on hand for the announcement of the game Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Reinsdorf, the recipient of a 2011 Jefferson Award — considered the Nobel Prize for public service — is a leader in advancing social causes, equality and diversity. He and Williams, the only black general manager in Sox history, jumped at the opportunity to host the game.

‘‘The majority of the people in this country were probably not alive when Martin Luther King was killed and certainly not when [Jackie] Robinson came into the game [breaking the color barrier],’’ Reinsdorf said. ‘‘Just like the majority of people weren’t alive during the Holocaust. We just can’t have people forgetting what went on if we’re going to get to a country where we really have equal opportunity.’’

The game is surrounded by events, including a round-table discussion Aug. 23, MLB’s Beacon Awards Luncheon and a youth clinic.

‘‘This weekend is much more than a game,’’ Williams said. ‘‘It is an experience, a discussion of things of the past, of civil rights, things that were fought for. And also what we do here with the White Sox [to advance such causes].’’

Peavy’s turn

Right-hander Jake Peavy would like to pick up where left-hander Chris Sale left off when the Sox host the Royals on Wednesday. Almost three years removed from surgery to reattach a torn lat muscle, Peavy’s velocity this spring was up a mile per hour or two over last season, when he was 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA.

‘‘I do feel my stuff’s a little bit better than it has been at any point in time here,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘And I hope to fall right in behind Chris and be a top-of-the-rotation guy.’’

Out of the gate

Secod baseman Gordon Beckham is on a nice little roll. He had a solid spring at the plate and entered Opening Day feeling ‘‘as good as I have ever felt,’’ he said.

On Opening Day, he helped turn two key double plays and made a diving catch. He also, perhaps unintentionally, took a stab at coining a new phrase.

‘‘We have a good clubhouse, and that’s often overlooked in a team and how it’s going to do,’’ he said. ‘‘If you play well together or ‘clubhouse’ better together, for lack of a better term, it goes a long way. We really do have that.’’



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