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Wayne Kirby, others look forward to Orioles' matchup with Astros in Civil Rights Game
Wayne Kirby, others look forward to Orioles' matchup with Astros in Civil Rights Game

Ask Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby about April 15, 1997, and the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder's eyes will spark as he recalls his days playing in the major leagues. On that day, the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking major league baseball's color barrier with the ballclub, Kirby was the only African-American player on the Dodgers. "What can you do?" Kirby said Saturday, remembering the overwhelming media attention and the questions to which he didn't always have answers. "I was the only one." Kirby will participate in another memorable game tonight, when the Orioles play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in the eighth...

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