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05/24/2007 5:40 PM ET
A's honor Vida Blue, Mike Norris, Dave Stewart and Jim "Mudcat" Grant
Former A's stories told in the book "The Black Aces: Baseball's Only African-American 20-Game Winners"
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In conjunction with the Negro League Baseball Museum's traveling exhibit, which will be on display at McAfee Coliseum from May 28 to June 4, the Oakland A's will honor Vida Blue, Mike Norris, Dave Stewart and Jim "Mudcat" Grant, four of the 13 African-American 20-game winners in Major League history, prior to the A's 12:35 pm game against Texas on Wednesday, May 30.

The pre-game ceremony will include a video tribute to each player, along with the presentation of an engraved crystal baseball. In addition, Grant will be available during the game to talk to fans about the Negro League Baseball Museum traveling exhibit, which will be on display behind section 219 and 220. Various Negro League merchandise will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Black Aces Foundation, which promotes baseball in inner cities.

Grant, who played for the A's for parts of the 1970 and '71 seasons, was the first African American 20-game winner in the American League, as he posted a 21-7 record for the Minnesota Twins in 1965. Blue, Norris and Stewart posted their 20-win seasons while pitching for the A's. Blue enjoyed three 20-win seasons during his tenure with the A's, the first coming in 1971, when he earned AL Most Valuable Player honors and the Cy Young Award after posting a 24-8 record to go along with a 1.82 ERA. Two more 20-win seasons followed in 1973 (20-9) and 1975 (22-11). Norris, who spent his entire 10-year major league career with the A's, posted a 22-9 mark in 1980. Stewart strung together four straight 20-win seasons from 1987-90, helping the A's to three AL pennants and one World Series title during that time frame.

In 2006, Grant authored "Black Aces: Baseball's Only African-American 20-Game Winners." The book not only details the 20-win seasons of the 13 African American pitchers, but it also examines the lives of 10 Negro League pitchers who might have won 20 games in the Majors if not for baseball's color barrier. In addition, it details several topics, including the integration of African Americans into baseball in America, the prejudice and hardships faced by the pitchers and their road to success. More information on the book is available online at theblackaces.com.

Tickets for all A's home games can be purchased at all usual ticket outlets, including McAfee Coliseum Box Office, on-line at oaklandathletics.com and all Tickets.com outlets or over the phone by calling (877) 493-BALL. Season, group and luxury suite tickets can be purchased by calling (510) 638-GoA's (4627). Individual game tickets for the 2007 season are priced at $44 (MVP), $40 (Plaza Club), $32 (Field Level), $30 (Field Level Outfield), $30 (Plaza Infield), $22 (Plaza Level), $16 (Plaza Outfield), $12 (Bleachers), and $9 (Plaza Reserved).

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