Indianapolis Clowns Civil Rights Night Jersey Auction

Proceeds to Benefit Play Ball Indiana


July 29, 2016 — On Civil Rights Night at Victory Field, Indianapolis Indians players and coaches will honor, recognize and remember the city’s rich baseball history by wearing special Indianapolis Clowns jerseys as part of a memorable evening that will benefit Play Ball Indiana, the Indianapolis chapter of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (RBI). Play Ball Indiana will receive the proceeds from an in-game, live online auction of the game-worn jerseys.


The Indianapolis Clowns were a professional baseball team in the Negro American League. Tracing their origins back to the 1930s, the Clowns were the last of the Negro League teams to disband, continuing to play exhibition games into the 1980s. They began play as the independent Ethiopian Clowns, joined the Negro American League as the Cincinnati Clowns and, after a couple of years, relocated to Indianapolis. Hank Aaron was a Clown for a short period, and the Clowns were also the first professional baseball team to hire a female player. (Wikipedia)

In 2015 the Indians and Play Ball Indiana announced a multi-year partnership designed to strengthen awareness and benefits of baseball to inner city youth. Click here to read more.

Tonight’s auction is powered by Qtego and it isn’t required one be at Victory Field to bid. All that’s needed is a mobile phone. Qtego notifies participants via text message throughout the online auction so opportunities to bid, re-bid and outbid others aren’t missed. Below is registration information and bids will be accepted tonight through the 7th inning.

If you are at the game and need assistance, visit the bright orange Qtego display in center field’s PNC Plaza before the game and at the Standings & Lineup Board near Section 109 after the game begins or simply register for the online auction by following the instructions below.

If not at the game remember that Indians home games are televised on Home Town Sports & News (HTSN), and all games are broadcast on FOX Sports 1260-AM, the iheartradio mobile app, and at

1. Text “CLOWNS” to 79230 or
2. Call-in your bid(s) by dialing (877) 891-4752, or
3. Register online at 

Use the accompanying chart to determine the item number for your desired player. (Hint: Add 100 to the jersey number of the player to get the item number.) Text the item number AND your bid amount to 79230 (Example: To bid $100 for the Josh Bell jersey, text “118 100 to 79230).

Text the item number AND max bid amount AND the letter “M” to 79230. (Example: For a $500 max bid on Josh Bell’s jersey, text “118 500 m” to 79230).

Text the item number to 79230 or watch the current bidding on all jerseys here: 

About Play Ball Indiana
Play Ball Indiana is the Indianapolis-based chapter of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. PBI’s roots go back to 1981 thanks to Indianapolis Indians Board Member Milton Thompson and Jim Young when the two formed the Indiana Amateur Baseball Association (IABA). In 1996, they hired their first Executive Director, Mike Lennox. A year later, Lennox approached RBI and applied for affiliation; they officially became a member of RBI in 1997 and changed IABA to PBI. The organization’s aim is to provide every youth who wants to play baseball, the opportunity to do so and strengthen baseball in the inner city of Indianapolis. The program has approximately 1,400 participants ranging from ages 5 to 18. PBI oversees youth baseball leagues and clinics in city parks, community centers, churches, youth service agencies and IPS schools. Play Ball Indiana’s goal is to save kids and create major league citizens.

About Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities  was founded in 1989 by former Major Leaguer John Young. Young developed the concept of RBI to overcome obstacles — including street gangs, a lack of organization, funding and community support — that prevented disadvantaged youth from learning and enjoying the game of baseball. The one-time local Los Angeles program has now turned international and encompasses more than 200 cities and up to 200,000 male and female participants a year. The program’s success has expanded the talent pool of players in each city fostering competitive play and improved sportsmanship. RBI leagues provide communities the opportunity to enhance the skillset of young baseball and softball players; teach children the skills they need to deal with barriers, obstacles and challenges in their lives; and furthermore, motivate participants to stay in school and pursue post-secondary education. School attendance/performance is required for joining any RBI team.

July 29 is the most recent of several special jersey auction nights at Victory Field. Last year $32,000 was raised from these auctions for Central Indiana non-profits.


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