Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Announces Brooks Robinson as Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree for 2014 Legends for Youth Dinner
Colorado Springs, CO – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce that Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson will be honored with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.
The event, which will take place on Tuesday, November 18 at Capitale, recognizes former major league players for their accomplishments on the diamond coupled with their off-the-field contributions to communities across the nation.
Robinson, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, was a 18-time All-Star and 16-time Gold Glove winner throughout his 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. Nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” for his efforts at third base, Robinson is regarded by many as the best defensive third-baseman the game has ever seen, and still owns career records for most games played as a third baseman, most assists, putouts and double plays as a third baseman. He played in four World Series during his time in the majors, winning two, in 1966 and 1970, and earning World Series MVP honors in 1970. In 1964, Robinson lead the American League in runs batted in and won the American League MVP that year. Robinson has served as president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1988, dedicating his time and efforts to bettering the lives of children and communities through the Legends for Youth Clinic Series.
Also being honored at this years’ Legends for Youth Dinner are Hall of Famer Wade Boggs with the 2014 Lifetime Achievment Award and Clint Hurdle with the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award. The 10th annual Heart & Hustle Award will be presented to the active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
MLBPAA allocates proceeds from the dinner 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.
About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)
MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a membership of 6,900, of which approximately 5,300 are Alumni and current players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy.