Foreman to throw out first pitch Friday
Boxing legend and Houston native George Foreman will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday’s Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park. An official announcement will be made on Friday morning.
Foreman, a former world heavyweight champion who grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward and still lives in the Bayou City, continues to give back to the community through his George Foreman Youth & Community Center.
MLB and the Astros will pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, scheduled for noon CT Friday at the Hilton Americas Hotel.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will speak at the event which will honor Motown Records founder and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Berry Gordy, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown and best-selling author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away Wednesday.
The triumvirate will each receive an MLB Beacon Award, which recognizes individuals whose lives and actions have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement, and they will be recognized on the field prior to the Civil Rights Game.
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.
The game will be broadcast live in Houston via Comcast SportsNet and MLB Network without blackout restrictions. It can also be heard on KBME (790 AM).