Yankees: CC Sabathia Releases Clothing Line to Honor 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues
By Jerry Trotta
Former New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia released a clothing line to honor the Negro Leagues.
It doesn’t take a diehard baseball fan to know that retired left-hander CC Sabathia was one of the most charitable players in MLB across his 19-year career. And it shouldn’t surprise anybody then that the longtime New York Yankees starter is back making headlines for all of the right reasons.
Sabathia took to Twitter on Thursday to announce a new clothing line that was created to honor the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
According to the The Athletic, the former AL Cy Young collaborated with the MLBPA and apparel company Roots of Right to develop the line. A portion of the proceeds of the sales will go directly to the NLBM, or the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Some will even be directed to the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the estates of some of baseball’s most legendary players of African American descent.
“It’s near and dear to my heart, that museum, so I wanted to do something to commemorate the 100th year of the Negro Leagues and something for the museum to bring awareness to it and drive people to Kansas City to go check it out,” Sabathia told CNBC.
The collection includes jackets, hoodies, and three quarter-sleeved baseball shirts, some of which pay respects to Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke MLB’s color barrier back in 1947.
Just when you thought Sabathia couldn’t become any more benevolent, he creates something as powerful as a clothing line dedicated to the Negro Leagues amid arguably the most notable call for social justice in the history of the United States. The former six-time All-Star really outdid himself this time.
This was supposed to be a huge season for Negro League history, with a centennial celebration set to dominate the headlines throughout the major league season. When we lost the first several months of the MLB season, we lost a lot.
Hopefully, Sabathia’s efforts help recoup some of that prestige.