February is Black History Month, and MLB Network celebrates with a comprehensive look at the lives, careers and legacies of four icons in the sport: Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Joe Morgan. MLB Network will have a different player each week in February, focusing on Aaron
February is Black History Month, and MLB Network celebrates with a comprehensive look at the lives, careers, and legacies of four sports icons:
MLB Network has a different player each week in February, focusing on Aaron from February 1st to 5th, Gibson from February 8th to 12th, Brock from February 15th to 19th and February 22nd to 26th. February on Morgan.
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Features include interviews with contemporaries discussing what it was like to play with or against Aaron, Gibson, Brock, and Morgan. statistical depth dives by Brian Kenny of MLB Network; Breakdowns by broadcaster Bob Costas investigating little-known facts; Vignettes about active players who have similarities to each legend and more.
In addition, MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds will interview ex-players for his Black Magic segment, which will highlight specific moments or interesting aspects of each subject’s career. Ken Griffey Jr. to speak of his epic explosion at Baltimore’s B&O warehouse during the 1993 Home Run Derby.Ozzie Smith shares the origins of his famous backflips, and Dwight Gooden and Alvin Davis break off their ’84 Rookie of the Year Award-winning season – the last time two black players celebrated the honor until 2020 when the Mariners’ Kyle Lewis and Devin Williams of the Brewers won each.
The Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed Jackie Robinson in 1987, 40 years after Robinson broke the baseball color line.
The baseball world has lost Aaron, Gibson, Brock and Morgan in the past five months, but they have made a huge impact on the game and Black history, and you can tune in for the whole month as long as MLB Network celebrates these absolute greats.