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TV panel to discuss suit against Suns

June 03, 1998

"Newsnight Maryland" will took at both sides of a lawsuit against the Hagerstown Suns baseball team tonight at 7.

The Maryland Public Television program will include guest panelists Winston Blenckstone, owner and president of the Hagerstown Suns, and Dwight Sullivan, managing attorney, ACLU of Maryland.

A Hagerstown man is suing the Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, alleging religious discrimination.

The man, seeking attendance to a minor league baseball game on what was promoted a "Church Bulletin Day" at the ballpark, was denied a discount admission because he did not present a church bulletin.

The team, the Hagerstown Suns, which had offered families of up to six people with a church bulletin a group admission price of $6, charged the man the regular admission price of $5 plus $3 for his child.

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The plaintiff seeks damages, claiming that ball parks are places of public accommodation, which are forbidden by federal law from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion or national origin.

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