Milwaukee Brewers honor the Legacy of the Negro Leagues

June 30, 2016

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On Saturday, June 25, 2016 The Milwaukee Brewers honored the legacy and contributions of the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball with the 20th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game and tailgating event. Each year the Brewers and opposing team don the authentic uniforms of the Negro Leagues. This year it was the Milwaukee Brewers wearing the uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears (1923) and Washington Nationals wearing the uniforms of the Homestead Grays (1940s). Besides the game, fans were treated to a catered tailgating party, Little Leagues All-Stars (RBI & Beckham Stapleton) skills demonstrations; a Negro Leagues Great/Honorees Autograph Session, and awards banquet honoring this year’s inductees to the Brewers’ Negro League Hall of Fame and on Sunday, June 26, 2016, an induction ceremony held at Mother Kathryn Daniels Conference Center. This year’s inductees were William McCrary (bottom row, left), 86, who grew up in Beloit, WI and played for the Kansas City Monarchs; Roy Knox (top row, right), 83, who played catcher for the Chicago American Giants; and Roosevelt Jackson (bottom row center), 98, who is believed to be the oldest living member of the Negro Leagues. They are pictured with other former Negro League players James Cobbins (top row, left); Yesterday’s Negro Baseball League Players President Dennis Biddle (top row, center); and John Miles (bottom row, right).