“Celebrate, Honor Him” – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – The Five Points Business Improvement District celebrates black baseball players who once threw a bat in what is now known as Sonny Lawson Park. It was part of the festivities surrounding the MLB All-Star Game.

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“The Negro League is part of our black history,” said LaSheita Sayer, board member for the Five Points Business Improvement District. “Sonny Lawson was a destination where the Negro League played as part of its network. So what we’re trying to do is recognize the importance that still exists here in Five Points.

Cutouts of Negro League players were on display at Sonny Lawson Park. Jazz music along Welton Street provided a soundtrack to spectators.

“We looked for a way to attract some of the baseball players, the participants coming for the baseball game, to have another alternative for something to do, to come and explore other parts of Denver.”

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James and Lisa Carberry drove to Five Points from Highlands Ranch for the activities.

“With sport, music and culture, food, these are things that we are privileged to be a part of, and we just want to celebrate that,” James said.

Earlier today, the Players Alliance, an organization of professional black baseball players past and present, hosted a clinic for children.

“We want to make sure we come into their communities, allow them to see who we are and say, ‘Wow you look like me, I can possibly do that,'” said Curtis Granderson, a retired player from the MLB and president of the Players Alliance.

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Even though all eyes are on All-Star events, Five Points takes fans back to the days of baseball.

“We have to celebrate it, honor it, recognize it, give people a reason to lift their heads a little higher, be proud of who you are and aim for the stars,” Sayer said.

Ada J. Kenney