The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will honor four former Major League Baseball players on Saturday night at the Gem Theater during its third annual Hall of Game event.
Orlando Cepeda, Tony Oliva, Tim Raines and Andre Dawson will each be present at the event to accept the honor for representing “the spirit and signature style that made Negro Leagues Baseball a fan favorite.”
Both Dawson and Cepeda, who briefly played for the Royals at the end of his career, are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The NLBM will also honor Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, with its Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. Clark played in the MLB for 14 years until 2009, when he joined the MLBPA staff.
On Friday night at 7 p.m., Dawson and Raines will take part in Pitch Talks, a baseball-centric panel of speakers at the museum. The two were Montreal Expos teammates from 1979 to 1986. Joining Dawson and Raines will be former Royals outfielder Amos Otis, Sports Illustrated’s Jonah Keri, The Star’s Sam Mellinger, 610 Sports Radio’s Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison, ESPN Deportes’ Arturo Marcano, Royals Review’s Max Rieper and Minda Haas Kuhlmann and Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Engel and Darin Watson.
Tickets to Friday’s Pitch Talk are $25 and are available at pitchtalksbaseball.com. All tickets include a one-year membership to the NLBM. The event will start at 7 p.m.
Tickets to Saturday’s Hall of Game ceremony are $75, or $60 for museum members. Tickets for dinner and the ceremony are $150, or $125 for members. They can be purchased at nlbm.com.