June 27, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The DC Grays are named for the famous Negro League champion Homestead Grays, and on Friday June 29 the team will salute the great history of Negro League Baseball on Friday, June 29 at a home game against the Baltimore Dodgers at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

As it has done in year’s past, the Grays – members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League – are partnering with the Hubert Simmons Negro League Museum, which is located in Owings Mills and has a well-known traveling exhibit of Negro League memorabilia. Ray Banks from the museum will be available to answer questions about the exhibit, the Negro Leagues, and about the museum.

Negro League veterans will be featured prominently at the game, including DC native and former Indianapolis Clowns infielder Jim Bland. Luther Atkinson from Temple Hills, MD will also be on hand. He barnstormed with the famed Satchel Paige All-Stars.

The Grays will sponsor special contests and giveaways during the game – giving away specialty hats and shirts and other Negro League merchandise.

There will be a wiffle ball Home Run Derby for the kids – with special prizes for the winners. Scholar-Athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Academy will be honored before and during the game. The first 50 fans at the game will also receive a free Grays program.