Mariners to honor Negro Leagues' Seattle Steelheads on Juneteenth weekend

The Seattle Steelheads, which was part of the West Coast Negro League, only operated in 1946.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners will host a salute to the Negro Leagues and celebrations this weekend.

“We get to celebrate one of my favorite official holidays now – Juneteenth,” said Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell. “I think I’m most excited for people to actually learn about what Juneteenth is and educate more people.”

Juneteenth, which is on June 19, marks the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas received news of the Emancipation Proclamation – two and a half years after the proclamation was signed in 1863.

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