2016 Legends for Youth Dinner


Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson presents the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award to Mariners third base coach Manny Acta at our 2016 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.

Guest Agenda

5:45 p.m. - Registration Opens

6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

6:45 p.m. - Call to Dinner Program

7:00 p.m. - Awards Dinner

9:30 p.m. - Dinner Program Ends

Celebrities who attended the 2016 dinner:


• Manny Acta • Brian McRae
• Phil Niekro, HOF • Felix Millan
• Brooks Robinson, HOF • Mike Myers
• John Smoltz, HOF • Lance Niekro
• Brian Boehringer • CJ Nitkowski
• Darren Bragg • Tom Paciorek
• Fred Cambria • Mike Pagliarulo
• Tom Candiotti • Dennis Rasmussen
• Chris Chambliss • Desi Relaford
• Orestes Destrade • Andre Robertson
• John Doherty • Ron Robinson
• Dave Fleming • Steve Rogers
• John Franco • Octavio "Cookie" Rojas
• Todd Frazier * • Billy Sample
• Chuck Goggin • Arthur Shamsky
• Doc Gooden • Craig Skok
Didi Gregorius * • John Stearns
• Jeffrey Hammonds • Frank Tepedino
• Jim Hannan • Jose Valdivielso
• Brian Jordan • Bobby Valentine
• Al Leiter • Fred Valentine
• Steve Lyons • Tim Wakefield
• Oreste Marrero • Jon Warden
• Buck Martinez • Herm Winningham
• Scott McGregor • Jamey Wright
• Eric Young

*2016 Heart and Hustle Team Nominee