2017 Legends for Youth Dinner
Established in 1999, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) created the Legends for Youth Dinner to recognize former Major League players for their on-field accomplishments and their off-field contributions to communities across the nation.
The event, held annually in New York City, also serves as the primary fundraiser for MLBPAA's youth programs and honors baseball's legends with MLBPAA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Carl Erskine, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, Mickey Mantle, Buck O'Neil, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Bobby Richardson, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Tom Seaver, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, Rusty Staub, Bobby Valentine and Dave Winfield.
In 2016, the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award was given to Manny Acta, and Todd Frazier accepted the Heart and Hustle Award. Phil Niekro received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The MLBPAA allocates proceeds from the event to the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic series. The Legends for Youth program is a series of free baseball clinics designed to provide children with positive role models, teach young players baseball fundamentals and promote the game of baseball. Former players, such as George Foster, Bobby Grich, Ferguson Jenkins, Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda and Tom Seaver, have participated in past clinics.
For more information or if you have questions regarding the 2017 Legends for Youth Dinner and how you or your corporation can attend, email Nikki Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org.