CHICAGO – Major League Baseball has made significant strides from the days of segregation and bigotry, but the sport's top figures say the work is not complete.
Commissioner Bud Selig, Hall of Famers and current players honored Jackie Robinson and other civil rights heroes at an awards luncheon in dowtown Chicago before MLB's Civil Rights Game between the White Sox and the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Selig says "We salute the pioneers who enriched our game and, by extension, our culture."
Weekend events, sponsored by the Chicago White Sox, coincided with commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's landmark "I Have a Dream" speech.
The Beacon Awards honored retired major leaguer Bo Jackson and entertainer Aretha Franklin.