On Sunday, the Kansas City Royals are set to play the final game of a weekend series with the Detriot Tigers. Sunday’s game is very special for those in the KC area, as the Tigers and Royals honor the Negro Leagues for this afternoon matchup. This game is the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues and Dressed to the Nines celebration. During this game, some fans take part in the tradition by wearing suits, ties, coats, or other fancy dresses to the ball game.
Royals Honor the Negro Leagues: Uniforms
The Kansas City Royals will be wearing throwback uniforms during Sunday’s afternoon matchup with the Detriot Tigers. KC will wear the 1949 Monarchs uniforms, while the Tigers will be wearing the 1920 Detriot Stars uniforms.
After the game, jerseys, hats, and other team-worn equipment will be auctioned off. The proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum located in the Kansas City area. Fans will want to get to the ballpark early because the first 10,000 fans in attendance will get a Jackie Robinson Kansas City Monarchs shirt.
Yearly Tradition in Kansas City
The Kansas City Royals have hosted a throwback day at the ballpark for several years and have had their “Dress to the Nines” day on a Sunday afternoon. Also, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is located in KC which is another reason why the Royals honor the Negro Leagues every season. If you are watching from home, expect to see Bob Kendrick, the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum join the broadcast crew. Kendrick is educated with the history of the Negro Leagues and tells some great stories on Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Willie Mays, and other players.
Pitching Probables, Other Notes
The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm CT at Kauffman Stadium, however, there is a slight chance for rain during the game but that always could change.
Detriot will start Casey Mize, who was a top pick a few years ago by the Tigers. On the season, Mize is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA. He made his MLB debut during the shortened 2020 campaign and is looking to build off that.
Kris Bubic will take the mound as the Royals honor the Negro Leagues. Bubic started the season at the alternate site and was called up when KC had five pitchers already in their rotation, so he had to settle for a long-relief role.
Due to the injury to Danny Duffy, that opened up a spot for the young lefty. In just 18.2 innings, Bubic has been lights out and has an ERA of 0.96. Just like Mize, Bubic made his Major League debut in 2020.
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