Ripken League Teams Honor Negro Leagues

Here’s a neat story from last week: two Cal Ripken League teams paid tribute to the Baltimore Black Sox and the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro League. Youse’s Orioles donned throwback uniforms for their game against the Baltimore Dodgers and honored several Negro League dignitaries before the game.


Photo by Marcus Bennett

Audrey Simmons, whose husband Bert Simmons was a pitcher/outfielder for the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1950, was one of three dignitaries to throw out ceremonial first pitches. The 6-year-old Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball in Owings Mills, Md., was named after Bert Simmons.

“This game is a wonderful idea and great tribute, carries on the memory of Bert and other Negro League outstanding players of yesteryear, of which there were many,” Audrey Simmons told the Varsity Sports Network.

That story is worth reading for several great anecdotes from the Negro Leagues. As for the game, Ripken League veteran K.J. Hockaday went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs to help lead Youse’s Orioles to a 5-1 win.