Astros Get Into Throwback Mode for Civil Rights Game

Houston gets to play host to this year's Civil Rights Game, in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This is only the eighth time that Major League Baseball has held the throwback-style game, in which teams play in the uniforms of classic Negro League ball clubs.

So, who will the Astros be representing in the game on May 30? The Houston Eagles, a team that played for only two years, from 1949 to 1950, and was the only team from Texas in the history of the Negro Leagues.

The Baltimore Orioles will suit up as the Baltimore Elite Giants, a better-known team that ran from 1938 to 1950. The event's not just about sporting throwback sports gear, but also about opening up dialogue about civil rights in a city that's one of the most diverse in the world.

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