NLBM set to issue Legacy Awards

NLBM set to issue Legacy Awards

KANSAS CITY -- In the beginning, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was lucky to get one or maybe two award recipients to collect its hardware in person.

Now, with the sixth annual Legacy Awards banquet coming up on Saturday night, it's the thing to do for Major League honorees.

Dontrelle Willis of the Florida Marlins, Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs and Michael Young of the Texas Rangers are among the award winners scheduled to be at the Gem Theater in Kansas City. For ticket availability, call (816) 221-1920.

Others expected include Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels, Bob Wickman of the Cleveland Indians, Chad Cordero of the Washington Nationals and general manager Ken Williams of the world champion Chicago White Sox.

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who could not attend, visited the museum on Tuesday to receive the Oscar Charleston Award as National League Most Valuable Player.

Royals president Dan Glass and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield will receive the Buck O'Neil Award for support of the museum. Because Glass is in Australia on a goodwill trip, assistant general manager Muzzy Jackson will accept the award for him.

Former player and longtime Major League executive Bob Watson will receive the Jackie Robinson Award for lifetime achievement.

Also expected to join museum chairman O'Neil and lend their support are Brian Jordan, Ferguson Jenkins, Willie Horton, Willie Wilson, Dave Stewart, Joe Carter, David Segui and Rick Sutcliffe.

Why not? It's become the place to be.

2005 Legacy Award Categories and Recipients

Satchel Paige Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Pitchers of the Year"
2005 Recipients: Willis, Florida Marlins and Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins

Josh Gibson Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Home Run Leaders"
2005 Recipients: Andruw Jones, Atlanta Braves and Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

James "Cool Papa" Bell Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Stolen Base Leaders"
2005 Recipients: Jose Reyes, New York Mets and Figgins, Anaheim Angels

Walter "Buck" Leonard Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Batting Champions"
2005 Recipients: Lee, Chicago Cubs and Young, Texas Rangers

Oscar Charleston Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Most Valuable Players"
2005 Recipients: Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals; Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Andrew "Rube" Foster Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Executives of the Year"
2005 Recipients: John Schuerholz, Atlanta Braves and Williams, Chicago White Sox

Charles Isham "C.I." Taylor Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Managers of the Year"
2005 Recipients: Bobby Cox, Atlanta Braves and Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox

Larry Doby Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Rookies of the Year"
2005 Recipients: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies and Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

Hilton Smith Award: Presented to the NL and AL "Relievers of the Year"
2005 Recipients: Chad Cordero, Washington Nationals and Wickman, Cleveland Indians

Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to an individual for "Career Excellence in the Face of Adversity"
2005 Recipient: Bob Watson, vice president, on-field operations, Major League Baseball

John "Buck" O'Neil Award: Presented to a local or national corporate/private philanthropist for "Outstanding Support of the NLBM"
2005 Recipients: Dan Glass, president, Kansas City Royals and Winfield, vice president/senior advisor, San Diego Padres

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.