CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs' Larry Doby Heritage weekend is all about inclusion, so much so that the RiverDogs even decided to invite Tim Tebow to the party. The RiverDogs will salute the Hall-of-Famer Doby, the first African-American player signed in the American League, in a weekend celebrating diversity and Negro League history presented by MUSC Health as they welcome the West Virginia Power, the former Heisman trophy winner, and the Columbia Fireflies for a six-game homestand to close out the first half of the season from June 13-18.
Across six days, the RiverDogs will give away another can't miss "Wardrobe Wednesday" featured item, celebrate the longest Thirsty Thursday of the year, and welcome the former Florida Gator quarterback to Charleston for the first time this year, along with honoring Doby as part of their six-game homestand before the All-Star break.
Tuesday, June 13, 7:05pm: Trendy Tuesday/Classic Toys: It's another edition of "Trendy Tuesdays" presented by Magic 107.3 and Z93 Jamz as the RiverDogs highlight a different trending topic each week at The Joe. The club will look back at classic toys throughout the night with a "rock 'em, sock 'em" opening contest against the West Virginia Power. Fans won't slink back into their seats as they take advantage of "Take Me Out Tuesday" ticket specials from Harris Teeter featuring two tickets, dinner, and drinks for just $20 at the gate. Be sure to stop by the Landshark Shack to enter to win Jimmy Buffet concert tickets.
Wednesday, June 14, 7:05pm: Bank of America Military Appreciation Night/Wardrobe Wednesday Dog Tag Giveaway: Grab a dog tag on your way into the game; it's a "Wardrobe Wednesday" presented by WEZL and ABC News 4 as the RiverDogs add a piece to your ensemble for seven Wednesday home dates throughout the season. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive their very own RiverDogs dog tags on a night honoring active and retired military members presented by Bank of America. Members of Joint Base Charleston and the local military community will be active throughout the night, throwing out ceremonial first pitches, a color guard ceremony pregame, the national anthem, and more.
Thursday, June 15, 7:05pm: The Longest Budweiser Thirsty Thursday of the Year: Soak up the last moments of the 14 hours and 18 minutes of sunlight on a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday presented by 95SX. Enjoy dollar beers all night long in the Budweiser Ashley View Pub in the longest Thirsty Thursday of the summer, featuring the lively stylings of DJ Natty Heavy. Fans that turn 21 each Thirsty Thursday will receive free admission with proof of an ID and college students can secure tickets at the gate for just $5.
Friday, June 16, 7:05pm: Tim Tebow Comes to Charleston/Home Telecom Fireworks: The RiverDogs welcome Tim Tebow and the Fireflies to Joe Riley Park for the first time this year as Charleston closes out the half with the Palmetto State's version of the Subway Series as the Yankees and Mets affiliates face off at The Joe. The club will celebrate Tebow's entrance into the Holy City with a postgame Home Telecom fireworks extravaganza in partnership with Mix 96 and Live 5 News.
Saturday, June 17, 6:05pm: Larry Doby Heritage Weekend presented by MUSC Health/Saturdays Live at The Joe Helicopter Drop: As part of Saturdays Live at The Joe presented by NASH FM and Fox 24, the RiverDogs bring back the Helicopter Ball Drop for the first Saturday home game each month this season. The RiverDogs will give away a multitude of prizes to fans hoping that one of the thousands of bouncy balls falling from the sky will make them a winner in a postgame presentation. One lucky fan has the chance to walk away with a $6,000 grand prize if their ball lands in the dirt surrounding home plate. Should there not be a winner, the prize money will roll over to the next monthly bonanza with a chance for the pot to grow to up to $10,000 by season's end. It's also the beginning of Larry Doby Heritage Weekend presented by MUSC Health as the RiverDogs pay homage to the Negro Leagues and the first African-American signed in the American League.
Sunday, June 18, 1:05pm: Larry Doby Heritage Weekend presented by MUSC Health/Father's Day: Larry Doby Weekend presented by MUSC Health continues Sunday evening as the RiverDogs wrap up the first-half against Columbia. Per tradition, the RiverDogs will don the uniforms of the Newark Eagles, the Negro League club where Doby spent five seasons. The Fireflies will wear the Negro League uniforms of the Homestead Grays. Signed by Hall-of-Fame owner Bill Veeck to the Indians, the Camden, S.C. native was a seven-time All-Star over a 13-year Big League career where he was a trailblazer as the second player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Doby's No. 14 is retired by the RiverDogs and their sister clubs under the Goldklang Group's ties with the Veeck family. It's also Father's Day at The Joe where dads will be eligible to win raffle prizes and take a break in the "designated dad zone," where the RiverDogs will offer massages and other dad comforts during the game.
RiverDogs tickets, including options for the all-new Riley Park Club, are now available and can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can't make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area or by streaming online at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio App by searching "RiverDogs." All 70 RiverDogs home games are also available on MiLB.tv.
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