Blackout lifted for Friday’s game
Major League Baseball plans to lift the blackout for Friday’s Civil Rights Game between the Astros and the Orioles, which means all fans in the Astros’ viewing territory will be able to watch the game on MLB Network.
The game between the Astros and the Orioles will air nationally with Harold Reynolds, Matt Vasgersian and Sam Ryan calling the action. Both teams will wear Negro Leagues throwback uniforms. The Astros will don the colors of the Houston Eagles (1949-50) and the Orioles will be wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants (1938-50).
The first 15,000 fans to enter Minute Maid Park on Friday will receive a special commemorative Civil Rights game cap, and the Astros will treat fans to a post-game fireworks show with a Motown theme.
The Civil Rights Game began in Memphis, Tenn., in ’07, centering on an exhibition game between the Cardinals and Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in ’08, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (’09-10), then Atlanta (’11-12) as regular-season contests, and last year was hosted in Chicago by the White Sox.