The 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars are about to get more kudos, nationally and at Riley Park.
A story on the pioneering black Little League team will appear in the July 9 edition of Parade magazine as part of the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. A PBS documentary on Little League Baseball due to debut July 1 also will mention the Cannon Street All-Stars.
The Charleston RiverDogs will honor the Cannon Street team on Saturday night as part of the Larry Doby Heritage Weekend. The RiverDogs also will pay tribute to the 1994 Charleston American Little League prior to their 6:05 p.m. South Atlantic League game against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The first 1,000 fans will receive replica Jackie Robinson Kansas City Monarchs jerseys.
The Cannon Street All-Stars were formed from the only all-black Little League in South Carolina in 1955. But other teams refused to play against the Cannon Street team in local, state and regional tournaments. The Cannon Street players were invited to the 1955 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., as guests but not allowed to play.
Long dormant, Little League baseball returned to the Charleston peninsula with the Charleston American Little League in 1994.
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