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White Sox selected to host Civil Rights Game

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams and the team announced Tuesday the Civil Rights Game will be played Aug. 24 against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. MLB executive vice president of baseball development Frank Robinson, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Williams were in attendance for the announcement as well as former Sox players Frank Thomas and Minnie Minoso.

"What we're trying to do is keep the Civil Rights Movement alive and in people's minds," Robinson said.

The Civil Rights Game first was played in 2007 as a preseason exhibition, then was moved to the regular season in 2009. The Reds (2009 and 2010) and the Braves (2011 and 2012) previously have hosted the game.

In addition to the Civil Rights Game, the weekend also will feature a Civil Rights Movement roundtable discussion and a youth baseball and softball clinic. Although past host sites have been a two-year commitment to the Civil Rights Game, the Sox are only guaranteed to have it for one year.

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