It’s a unique sporting event, a game that celebrates history and the progressive movement of all people towards equal rights. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) and the Indianapolis Indians, in accordance with Minor League Baseball (MiLB), will host the first Civil Rights Game at Victory Field on Aug. 25.
Before the game, former Indianapolis Clowns Negro League players will be honored and throw out the ceremonial first pitch with ICRC Executive Director Jamal L. Smith. The Indianapolis Indians will pay tribute to the Clowns by wearing a throwback jersey.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to honor the Clowns for their impact on the Central Indiana community,” said Smith. “Additionally, we wish to shed light on the struggles for equality they faced, and that are still faced today.”
The Indianapolis Indians will host the two-time defending Triple-A National Champion Columbus Clippers at 7:05 p.m. in Victory Field.
Children throughout the state will receive free tickets to the game courtesy of the ICRC.
For more information on the Civil Rights Game, visit indyindians.com.