Angels and Dodgers Honor the 100th Anniversary of the Negro League

The players featured in the cutouts from L-R: Rube Foster, Cool Papa Bell, Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Oscar Charleston, Biz Mackey, and Martín Dihigo./Angels Photo Services.

8/16/20 Anaheim, Ca - The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels took the field today to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Baseball League honoring some of the greatest players that ever played the game.

The players were honored with cut-outs images in the stands before the final game of the Freeway Series, Oscar Charleston, Rube Foster, Biz Mackey, Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan, Martin Dihigo, and perhaps one of the greatest Negro baseball player ever, James "Cool Papa Bell" Thomas.

Thomas had played for 27 years and played 21 years in Mexico, Cuba, and California. A dominant pitcher by the name of Rube Foster had pushed the other Negro baseball owners to start their league. That dream came true on February 13, 1920

The Angels' #33 Max Stassi blooper in left-field scored Shohel Ohtini in the bootom of the second inning./Angels Photo Services/

The Angels got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning when center-fielder Max Stassi dropped in a blooper in left-field, and Shohel Ohtani scored to give the Angels 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers tied the game 1-1 when Keibert Ruiz sent a line-drive over the right-field wall in the top of the third inning. Mookie Betts got on base in the top of the third inning, and moments later stole second base.

Next up was Max Muncy, who added to the Dodgers lead hitting a two-run home run over center-field, increasing their lead to 3-1.

The Dodgers Matt Beaty beating the tag at second base./Angels Photo Services/

The Dodgers added four more runs in the top of the fourth inning when Betts singled knocking in Enrique Hernandez, and Corey Seager's two-run home run blast scoring Matt Beaty, and Betts gave them a 7-1 lead.

Anthony Rendon homer for the Angels in the bottom of the fourth inning made the score 7-2. Beaty, at the top of the sixth inning, hit a solo home run to push the Dodgers lead up to 8-2.

At the bottom of the sixth inning, the Angels scored again, after Brian Goodwin's solo home run made the score 8-3, and that would be the final score of the game. The Dodgers swept the Freeway Series and improved their record to (16-7), and the Angels fell to (7-15). #mlb #negroleague #baseball #100thanniversarynegroleague #angels #dodgers #mattbeaty #maxstassi #tgsportstv1 #sports #angelsstadium