A brush with baseball history

A brush with baseball history

July 30, 2013 

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Brown Jackson crosses home plate after hitting a 3-run homer in the 6th inning of the 1958 Negro Leagues' East vs. West All-Star game held annually at Old Comiskey Park in Chicago.

RAY GORA — KRT

Durham will honor baseball heroes of the Negro League on Sunday, a noteworthy event for those seeking a brush with history.

Fans will likely get a chance to speak with some of the elder statesmen of baseball, who will be honored during the Bulls’ home game against the Gwinnett Braves. The game starts at 5:05 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Past luminaries have included members of the Durham Rams, one of several Negro League teams that called Durham Athletic Park its home.

In the ’20s and ’30s, the Negro League Durham Black Sox played in the ballfield that originally stood there, before the wooden stadium burned down and the Durham Athletic Park was built.

Willie Bradshaw played at N.C. Central, coached high school ball at Lincoln High in Chapel Hill and later became athletic director for Durham Schools. He grew up watching the Black Sox play in what was then called Walltown, a section of Durham. Bradshaw eventually went to play for the Negro League Durham Eagles and coached their successor, the Durham Rams.

Both the Bulls and Braves will don throwback Negro League uniforms for Sunday’s game. The Bulls have a stellar record against Gwinnett.

When: Sunday, 5:05 p.m.

Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Tickets: $6.99-29.99.

Info: durhambulls.com

Correspondent Tom Hartwell

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