The ninth annual Double Duty Classic ended with East defeating the West, 7-2, on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The event, hosted by the White Sox, celebrates the tradition of Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago and showcases the next generation of inner-city players.
Elite inner-city baseball players from around the country partook in an East vs. West All-Star game and don uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues.
"It's important because this might be the first and last time someone will get to play on a major league baseball field," said Kevin Coe, Director of Youth Baseball initiatives. "The history wrapped around the game where it's a recreation of the Negro League All-Star game kind of brings a little more importance to it.
"With us educating them on the history of African-Americans of baseball prior to the game, hopefully they'll walk away with a lifelong memory that they'll talk about with their kids and grandkids."
The Double Duty Classic is named after Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, who played for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. Radcliffe earned his nickname because he would regularly pitch the first game of a doubleheader and catch the second.
Prior to the game, CSN's Kip Lewis moderated the 2016 Double Duty Classic Forum held at U.S. Cellular Field as Kenny Williams, Harold Baines, Damion Thomas and Tyrone Brooks spoke to elite inner-city baseball players from around the country.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.