Orioles to wear Negro League throwbacks for Civil Rights Game
By By Jon Meoli
The Baltimore Sun|
May 07, 2014 | 1:13 PM
The Orioles will be wearing the road grays of the Negro League Baltimore Elite Giants when they travel to Houston to play the Astros in MLB's eighth annual Civil Rights Game on May 30.
The team tweeted out a picture of the jersey Wednesday morning, and like many baseball throwback jerseys, it's pretty tremendous. The road gray jersey is reminiscent of the Atlanta Braves away uniforms, with red trim and red script lettering and thin blue piping. The navy blue, red-brimmed hat features a white block B.
Houston will wear the home whites of the Houston Eagles, a sharp white top with navy blue script and a navy hat.
According to the Negro League Baseball Museum's website, the Elite Giants (pronounced E-light) settled in Baltimore in 1938 after seasons in Memphis, Columbus, and Washington, D.C. They played in the Negro National League until that league disbanded in 1948, and then moved to the Negro American League, where they won the league title in 1949. The team then fell into financial troubles and moved to Nashville for a season before it folded.
The team had several players eventually make it to the MLB after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, including Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, 1952 NL Rookie of the Year Joe Black, and 1953 NL Rookie of the Year Jim "Junior" Gilliam. All three played on the Dodgers with Robinson.