MLK III, Hank Aaron join panel on baseball and civil rights - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MLK III, Hank Aaron join panel on baseball and civil rights

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ahead of this weekend's Civil Rights exhibition game, civil rights and baseball luminaries met in Memphis to discuss the declining participation of blacks in baseball.

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who said the expense of the sport was one of the reasons for a declining interest. 

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said it was up to Major League Baseball to lead the effort to renew interest in baseball.

Ideas included marketing baseball to minority youths, funding fields and equipment for those who can't afford it, and providing leadership opportunities within professional baseball for minorities.

Other panelists included Martin Luther King III and Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson.

 

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