LEADING OFF: MLB honors 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, left, adjusts his face mask during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Major League Baseball will honor the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues with all players, managers, coaches and umpires wearing a commemorative patch on their uniforms. The special logo also will appear on bases and lineup cards.

The celebration had been scheduled for June 27 but was postponed when the start of the season was delayed by the coronavirus.

The upcoming festivities stirred a memory for Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who said he was playing in the New York Yankees’ system at Single-A Greensboro in 1980 when he happened to meet pitching great Satchel Paige.

“I was in the South Atlantic League in a Shoney’s, just going in there after a game to get a burger, and Satchel was sitting there all by himself,” Mattingly said. “We ran back and got a couple of balls, and I still to this day have a Satchel Paige baseball.”


The Milwaukee Brewers have a chance to put a little heat on the front-running Chicago Cubs if they can beat them for the third straight time.