In the film, Ford plays the role of Branch Rickey, the Major League executive largely responsible for helping Jackie Robinson break baseball's color barrier in 1947. Rickey also signed off on Red Barber's decision to put Vin Scully -- this year's recipient of the Bud Selig Executive Leadership Award -- in the Dodgers' broadcast booth.
At January's event, Ford will introduce Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who will then present the award to Scully.
Other honorees at this year's event will include Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. More honorees are expected to be announced soon.
Through the success of the "In the Spirit of the Game" Sports and Entertainment Spectacular, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation has been able to help support baseball scouts in need as a result of job loss, illness or financial hardship over the past nine years.
The annual event, attended by 1,500 guests, has honored an extensive list of Hall of Fame players, managers, scouts, coaches and executives.