Celebrating Civil Rights: Hall of Fame Plaques of Henry Aaron, Frank Robinson to Visit Houston, May 29-30, as Part of Civil Rights Game

Plaques will be on Display at May 29 Roundtable Discussion, May 30 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon & Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park

May 28, 2014

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson followed Jackie Robinson’s path to the big leagues in the 1950s and blazed the way for thousands of African-Americans to come.

As baseball celebrates the historic work of Aaron and Robinson, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum makes some history of its own as the bronze Hall of Fame plaques of Aaron and Robinson leave the Cooperstown shrine for the first time to take part in the festivities at the Civil Rights Game.

Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson were both elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982 following stellar careers that produced a combined 1,341 home runs and 39 All-Star Game selections. Aaron captured the world’s attention in the spring of 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and Robinson broke barriers just a year later when he became the first African-American manager in the big leagues when he skippered the Cleveland Indians.

On Thursday, May 29, the Hall of Fame plaques of Aaron and Robinson will be on display at the Baseball & Civil Rights Roundtable Discussion at 12:30 p.m. CDT at Union Station at Minute Maid Park. The panel will include Ernest Green, a member of the “Little Rock Nine”; Linda Alvarado, member of the Colorado Rockies ownership group; Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Houston Astros legend J.R, Richard; and MLB Network and Fox Sports analyst Harold Reynolds.

On Friday, May 30, the plaques of Aaron and Robinson will be featured at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon at noon CDT at the Hilton Americas Houston. Gordy and Brown 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.

On Friday evening, the plaques of Aaron and Robinson will be on display prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m. CDT at Minute Maid Park.

The plaques of Aaron and Robinson will be back on display in the Hall of Fame Gallery on Monday, June 2.