Thanks to the Players Trust’s popular Buses for Baseball program, fifty children and chaperones from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities enjoyed a unique day of baseball on Wednesday, August, 16. The day began when Players Trust ambassador Judy Pace Flood escorted the group to the Minnesota History Center for an exclusive tour. Flood, the widow of former Major Leaguer Curt Flood, who heroically challenged the sport’s reserve clause in the 1970’s, has been traveling the country on behalf of the Players Trust to help bring some of baseball’s history to life.
While at the Minnesota History Center, Flood and the group from Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoyed a presentation on Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota, which is taken from the book, “They Played for the Love of the Game.” Each member of the group received a free copy of the book and heard directly from its author, Frank White. White, a former athlete, coach and sports administrator, coordinates the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program for the Minnesota Twins. He developed his exhibit with the Ramsey County Historical Society in 2010.
From the museum in St. Paul, the group traveled to Target Field in style as Fox Sports North graciously provided free transportation aboard its luxury Fan Express bus. Unfortunately, the game was postponed by rain, but, despite the inclement weather, Twins Players, including Matt Belisle, Trevor Hildenberger, Ryan O’Rourke and Ryan Pressly, welcomed their guests with open arms by providing warm greetings and signing autographs.
The day’s activities were coordinated through the Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program, which provides transportation, game tickets and personal greetings from Major Leaguers to children across the country. This baseball season, the program will make 10 Major League ballpark visits and provide over 500 children with an unforgettable experience. At each game, players sign autographs, pose for photos and answer questions. The children also receive free souvenirs, food and beverages.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers Care. Act. Inspire. by contributing their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting those in need and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities.