Why are Major League Baseball players wearing gold ribbons?
All Major League Baseball players and umpires will be wearing gold/yellow ribbons and wristbands across the league for games played on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
The special ribbons and gold wristbands are being worn in support of the fight against childhood cancer, it is the fourth consecutive season the league has chosen to promote this cause via players wearing ribbons. Players will also wear special batting practice shirts before the game.
From the press release:
“Recent childhood cancer awareness activations by Clubs have included special pediatric cancer awareness batting practice t-shirts, online campaigns to empower fans to become fundraisers for pediatric cancer research and donations to local children’s hospitals. MLB and Clubs have supported the fight against cancer through a variety of initiatives for many years. As Stand Up To Cancer’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has pledged more than $50 million to SU2C’s collaborative cancer research programs, providing invaluable support. Launched in 2013, the work of the Stand Up To Cancer – St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team has helped develop new immunotherapy approaches and contributed to the development of two new treatments for difficult to treat pediatric leukemias which have been approved by the FDA. MLB has recognized SU2C at its jewel events since the 2009 World Series. “