Kansas City, MO: Two of Major League Baseball's most exciting young players jumped to the top of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) Legacy Awards Class of 2012. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout and Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen head a star-studded group of honorees earning Legacy Awards from the NLBM.
Trout and McCutchen will receive the coveted Oscar Charleston Award given annually to the American League (AL) and National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). Trout will also pick up some additional hardware from the NLBM after being named the AL Larry Doby "Rookie of the Year" winner and the "Cool Papa" Bell Award for his Major League-leading 49 stolen bases.
The NLBM will honor Trout, McCutchen and the rest of a stellar group of award winners in ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, MO. Proceeds from the Legacy benifit the NLBM.
The Legacy Awards, established by the NLBM in 2000, recognizes the best Major League baseball players, managers, and executives, with awards given in the name, and spirit, of Negro Leagues legends such as Charleston, Doby, Bell, Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. The Legacy Awards honors both on- and off-the-field achievement and are presented to recipients from both the AL and NL.
"The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating baseball's best in the name and spirit of baseball's best. We congratulate Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and the other honorees receiving Legacy Awards," said Bob Kendrick, NLBM president. "The Legacy Awards is the only baseball event of its kind that unites baseball's past and present. We believe that by honoring Major League Baseball's very best in the name of these legendary Negro Leaguers, we help fans worldwide gain a greater appreciation for just how talented the likes of Charleston and the other greats of the Negro Leagues were," Kendrick said.
Former Negro Leaguer and Country Western Music legend Charley Pride will receive the Jackie Robinson Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Pride, born to sharecroppers in Sledge, MS, began playing in the Negro Leagues as a pitcher for the Memphis Red Sox in 1953. An arm injury would eventually derail his promising baseball career but he would become a trailblazer as one of only a few African-Americans to find success in the world of country music. His stellar music career includes 39 number one Billboard hits. The Robinson Award honors career achievement in the face of adversity.
2012 Legacy Award Categories and Recipients
Oscar Charleston Award-presented to the AL and NL Most Valuable Players
2012 Recipients: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels & Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Award-presented to the AL and NL Pitchers of the Year
2012 Recipients: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays & R.A. Dickey, New York Mets
Josh Gibson Award-presented to the AL and NL Home Run leaders
2012 Recipients: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers & Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
James "Cool Papa" Bell Award-presented to the AL and NL Stolen Base leaders
2012 Recipients: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels & Everth Cabrerra, San Diego Padres
Walter "Buck" Leonard Award-presented to the AL and NL Batting Champions
2012 Recipients: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers & Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Larry Doby Award-presented to the AL and NL Rookies of the Year
2012 Recipients: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels & Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Hilton Smith Award-presented to the AL and NL Relievers of the Year
2012 Recipients: Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves & Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals
John Henry "Pop" Lloyd Award-presented in recognition of Baseball and Community Leadership
2012 Recipients: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Andrew "Rube" Foster Award-presented to the AL and NL Executives of the Year
2012 Recipients: Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics & John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals
Charles Isham "C. I." Taylor Award-presented to the AL and NL Managers of the Year
2012 Recipients: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles & Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
Sam Lacy Award-presented to the Baseball Journalist of the Year
2012 Recipient: Harold Reynolds, MLB Television Network
Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award-presented for Career Excellence
2012 Recipient: Charley Pride, Former Negro Leaguer and Country & Western Music legend
John "Buck" O'Neil Award-presented for Outstanding Support of the NLBM
2012 Recipient: Joe Posnanski, Author/National Sports Writer & James B. Nutter & Company