As part of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s salute to Black History Month and the Negro Leagues’ Centennial Celebration, the club hosted the inaugural High School Heritage Classic exhibition game between rivals William M. Raines High School and Jean Ribault High School at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The student-atheletes wore customized Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms in a tribute to the Negro Leagues team that resided in Jacksonville from 1938-42. The exhibition contest coincided with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s commencement of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues. The exhibition game also featured historical references to Negro League players and teams throughout the game. The winning team earned the inaugural A. Philip Randolph Cup, commemorating the civil rights activist who moved to Jacksonville in 1891.
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