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Friday, February 14, 2020

MLB, MLBPA make 2nd $1M donation to Negro Leagues Museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League by joining with the Major League Baseball Players Association to announce their second joint $1 million donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,

“It commemorates baseball history, and it’s a tribute to African-American entrepreneurship in the culture that existed at the time,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

The privately financed museum was founded in 1990 and moved into its current facility in 1994. The Negro National League, the first Negro major league, was founded by eight entrepreneurs at the Paseo YMCA in the eastern part of Kansas City.

Part of the donation will be used to help renovate the YMCA building that will house the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center. The museum had spent more than $100,000 on the renovation when the building was damaged in 2018.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, mlb, mlbpa, negro league baseball museum

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Stoneman Douglas names baseball field after Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo after premiering field’s

Standing near the pitcher’s mound of his old baseball diamond, Anthony Rizzo recounted how he was cut from the Stoneman Douglas varsity baseball team.

Despite the discouraging demotion to junior varsity, Rizzo did make the Eagles’ varsity squad eventually. He was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox and became a star for the Chicago Cubs.

Now one of Major League Baseball’s top first basemen, Rizzo found a way to give back to his alma mater. The former Douglas star donated $150,000 and helped raise additional funds so the school could install lights for the baseball and softball fields.

On Monday, the school debuted the lights and named the baseball field Anthony Rizzo Field.

 

QLE Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, charity, high school baseball

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Orioles’ Chris Davis sets record with $3M donation to University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

Baltimore Orioles fans should give first baseman Chris Davis some more slack in 2020. Davis — who is derided in Baltimore for his lucrative contract — made a record-breaking donation to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on Monday.

Davis and his wife, Jill, donated $3 million to the hospital. That set a record for the biggest donation ever from a Baltimore athlete.

The 33-year-old Davis signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles prior to the 2016 season. Davis has struggled since signing that deal, posting a .198/.294/.385 slash line over the past four seasons.

 

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, chris davis

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Carlos Correa donates $10K to family of Houston police officer shot and killed at traffic stop

Carlos Correa doesn’t just play for the Houston Astros, he’s dedicated to making Houston a better place and bringing the community together. Correa’s dedication, as well as his big heart, were on display on Monday when he visited the family of a slain Houston police offer who was beloved by the community.

Correa visited the family of Sandeep Dhaliwal, the first Sikh deputy in Houston, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop on Friday. According to sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Correa reached out not just to volunteer his time, but to donate $10,000 to the family who just lost their husband and father.

In a video taken just after the visit, Correa explained why he decided to help the Dhaliwal family, and why he felt connected to Deputy Dhaliwal.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, charity

Friday, September 27, 2019

This Cubs pitcher is secretly one of MLB’s most charitable players

CHICAGO — In a small cubby just to the right of Jon Lester’s uniform, there sits an autographed baseball. The signature on the ball faces the clubhouse, giving anyone who walks by Lester’s locker an opportunity to see the name of a person Lester admires greatly.

The ball isn’t signed by an actor or musician. It’s not signed by one of Lester’s teammates, either. It’s signed by Ashlyn Clark, a 17-year-old softball player who hit her first home run this summer while undergoing treatments for Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After seeing Clark’s story on Twitter, Lester invited Clark and her family to Wrigley Field to enjoy a Chicago Cubs game. In his tweet, Lester asked Clark for her autograph. Cubs fans should be familiar with that story, as it garnered attention on social media.

That’s not typical for the 35-year-old Lester. He’s the Cubs’ nominee for the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award — which honors the player who combines strong play on the field with exceptional work in the community — but would rather operate behind the scenes, making him secretly one of the most charitable players in Major League Baseball.

“I don’t really care if anyone knows about it,” Lester told Yahoo Sports. “I do it because I want to help and I don’t need it out in the open.”

Well, not anymore….

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, jon lester

Thursday, September 19, 2019

MLB, players’ union donate to Bahamas relief on Clemente Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have made a joint donation of $210,000 to help with relief and recovery in the Bahamas after the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

The donation was made Wednesday, recognized as Roberto Clemente Day in the majors. The late Pittsburgh Hall of Fame wore No. 21 and was known for his humanitarian efforts.

The money will divided into $70,000 donations to Project Hope, Water Mission and SBP.

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, roberto clemente day

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

WEEI/Red Sox Jimmy Fund Telethon

WEEI (the Red Sox radio partner) has more than a few horrible people working for them and the Sox are not perfect either.  But every year they raise millions of dollars for a truly great cause (Dana Farber at Charity Navigator)

The 18th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation is taking place this Tuesday and Wednesday in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Over the span of 36 hours and two Boston Red Sox games, the broadcast will feature inspiring stories from patients, doctors, researchers, and athletes. In 2018, the event raised an incredible $4.4 million to support Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission.

There are any number of ways to try and make our little blue ball hurtling through space better.  This is but one but does have a baseball link so I’ve shared it here.

Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 20, 2019 at 02:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, sick kids

 

 

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