Thursday, September 21, 2023

Chatham Coloured All-Stars featured in ‘MLB The Show’ video game, charity game being held Saturday

The Chatham Coloured All-Stars are being featured in the ‘MLB The Show’ video game and a special charity event is scheduled for this weekend as well.

“OLG is very excited about a very unique and special event taking place in Chatham on Saturday September 24,” OLG officials stated.

“OLG has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Chatham Black Historical Society to honour the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars – the first all-Black team to win an Ontario Baseball Association Championship – for the second Field of Honour Charity Baseball Game.”

OLG officials added: “But this is more than just a charity baseball game. It’s an opportunity to honour this iconic baseball team and also to be the one of the first to see the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars team brought back to life on the virtual baseball field.”

Game developers have painstakingly recreated look alike members of the 1934 team, their home baseball field, uniforms and team artifacts and incorporated them into the latest edition of the popular baseball video game, MLB The Show, OLG officials added.

An event is being held on Saturday, September 24 at the Fergie Jenkins Field at Rotary Park in Chatham, which includes the following itinerary:

– 10:30 a.m. – Pre-game events and preview opportunity of the video game featuring the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars

– 11 a.m. – First baseball game with Golden Agers for players 50+ years

– 1 p.m. – Special Cheque presentation by OLG

– 1:45 p.m. – Second baseball game for the New Generation for players between 18 years to 49 years old.

“In 1934, The Chatham Coloured All-Stars became the first all-Black baseball team to win an Ontario Baseball Association Championship,” OLG officials said on their website.

“To keep this historic team’s memory alive, and continue OLG’s commitment to Ontario communities, OLG partnered with MLB and brought them back in baseball’s most popular video game – ‘MLB The Show 22’. You can help keep their memory alive too. Follow the instructions (on the link) below to build and play as this historic Ontario baseball team in ‘MLB The Show 22’.”

OLG officials added: “Special thanks to Fergie Jenkins Jr, Blake and Pat Harding, Dorothy Wright from the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society, and Dr. Heidi Jacobs from The University of Windsor for helping to tell the story of The 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars.”

Instructions on how to play as the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars in the game can be found, here.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is also hosting a media event with Fergie Jenkins on Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Civic Centre in Chatham.

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