INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Indians will hit the diamond to honor a special part of the city’s baseball history. They are nearing the end of a six-day homestand and preparing to take to the field in vintage jerseys, spotlighting the black leagues.

Organizers say it’s a chance to honor an important piece of history and remember those black players who were able to make it into the major leagues, but also a chance to honor players who never had this chance.

When you have a love for the game, even segregation can’t break it. For hundreds of Negro League players, that rang true. Even so, countless players cemented their place in history.

“But it’s also an opportunity for other people to learn more about the black leagues like Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron. All these big names you see in baseball – they started in the black leagues “said Clarence Bellamy.

He and his wife, Diane Bellamy, married 52 years ago. And early on, the two were drawn to the thrill of Negro League baseball. Thus, they felt that the same excitement of learning Indianapolis Indians would pay homage to players of the past.

“So we wanted to see what it was going to be like, and so here we are today with our tickets that we just bought,” Diane said.

The first black leagues were formed in the 1920s, at a time when black players were not allowed to play in the minor and major leagues. The Indianapolis ABCs played in the very first games, then came the Indianapolis Clowns years later.

“It’s a chance to celebrate these individuals – to recognize the greats who started out in the Negro leagues – or those who maybe got lucky in Major League Baseball and those who didn’t,” said Cheyne Reiter of the Indianapolis Indians.

Indianapolis’ current Indian players will take to the field Saturday night in vintage clown jerseys. Throughout the game, Negro League facts, highlighting the ABCS and the Clowns, will be displayed on the field screens. Old photos and artifacts will also be displayed on the screens.

“I could go on and on for the guys who had a chance in the major leagues. [Oscar] Charleston never had the opportunity, but he was one of the best,” Reiter said. “They said he was a mix of Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Honus Wagner.”

The Bellamys say that when baseball was integrated, fans often had to sit separately. Now they have the right to experience the game and soak it all up.

“Now we have the ability to sit in the front row and see it all,” Diane said.