Tomorrow night, the Indians will play in Detroit's annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, wearing the uniforms of the Cleveland Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes, who played at League Park for most of the 1940s, won the Negro League World Series in 1945, beating the Homestead Grays and the legendary Josh Gibson. Writer Dave O'Karma told the definitive story of the Buckeyes' heroic season in his May 2006 Cleveland Magazine article, "The Forgotten Championship."
If you're up for the 3-hour road trip (I'm going!), tickets are still available. The Tigers will be wearing the uniforms of the Detroit Stars, the city's Negro League team from 1919 to 1933. Vendors will be selling Negro League memorabilia.
Meanwhile, this month's Cleveland Magazine features another story by O'Karma, "Guitar Zero," his tale of trying to start a rock band at age 53.
(If you'd like to link to either of these articles, you can use these short-cut links: tinyurl.com/BuckeyesCM and tinyurl.com/GuitarZeroCM.)