This is a really special event for Cincinnati to hold. Some downright legendary baseball people are in town. Not much discussion here so I figured I'd bring it up. Is anyone going tonight? Anyone going to the pre game events? I went last year to the game, but seems like I missed out on some good stuff beforehand.Jones called on her fellow panelists to be role models in the field. Spending money on baseball camps is great. "But," she noted, "it's not going to make a difference unless you stop and listen and talk" to children in need.
Two men who have been doing that for decades sat in the theater's front row. One was Aaron. The other was Chuck Harmon. The former outfielder and third baseman became the Reds' first black player in 1954 - seven years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Reds are giving away replicas of Harmon's 1954 jersey before tonight's Civil Rights Game.
"That makes me so happy," Harmon said, "I feel like a little kid tasting ice cream for the first time."