The First Annual Black Heritage Night at Constellation Field with the Sugar Land Skeeters and baseball’s greats featured an offering of fun and family in a gathering for a past time sport that united all for prime-time festivities.
Taneisha Hall, Event Marketing Manager for the Sugar Land Skeeters did an excellent job of organizing and hosting this first time event. Grover Deacon Jones who played for the Chicago White Sox and many comrades were in attendance.
Families came out to show support and to enjoy the heritage side of baseball history. The first 2000 fans received a Deacon Jones bobble head dashboard doll. The Missouri City Monarch’s little league, a local championship team, took part in field activities. The Texas Southern University “Ocean of Soul” Marching Band had a pregame performance. The mascots were exuberant of the life like characters that they portray. The National Anthem was sung by Angelique Davis. A special guest first pitch was thrown by Charley Pride.
The theme “A Night to Remember” highlighted the education and culture and the sport of baseball and the integral part that various African American players of the game of baseball played in baseball history. Artwork was on display creating a visual of some of the present, current and past contributors.
The souvenir booklet made mention of the great woman behind the great man, Grover Deacon Jones, Virginia, and her story during segregation when she and the wife of another baseball player decided to cross the designated color line and sit in a section labeled for white players’ wives. This incident sparked a boycott and later caused the team to be moved during the season.
The stadium is a new state of the art location that seats 7500. Although Reliant Stadium has the largest Video Monitors in the world, Constellation field is not far behind with one of the largest score boards in minor league baseball. With good food and great people and a family atmosphere, along with special event nights, and the ability to transform into a host for football or soccer or lacrosse, the stadium is well on its way to being a favorite stop. Black Heritage Night has taken its place in Constellation Field history.
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