Chicago • Major League Baseball has made significant strides from the days of segregation and bigotry, but some of 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 downtown Chicago before MLB's Civil Rights Game between the White Sox and the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
"We salute the pioneers who enriched our game and, by extension, our culture," Selig said. "Their courage, their leadership, were vital in the transformation of baseball into the social institution that it is today. They were among the many brave souls who helped change the direction of our nation."