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Legends for Youth Dinner

The 2019 Legends for Youth Dinner will take place Nov. 7, 2019 at Capitale in New York.

The MLBPAA is excited to announce our 20th annual Legends for Youth Dinner. This year, Tony La Russa will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional honorees and attendees will be released shortly. 

The 2018 Legends for Youth Dinner was held Nov. 8, 2018. Mookie Betts was named the overall winner of the 2018 Heart & Hustle Award. Bob Gibson received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Terry Francona was honored with the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award.

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, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Andre Dawson, Carl Erskine, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Jim Kaat, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, Mickey Mantle, Buck O'Neil, Phil Niekro, 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.

The MLBPAA allocates proceeds from the event to the Legends for Youth 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.

More from the 2018 Legends for Youth Dinner

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the overall Heart & Hustle Award winner at the 2018 LFY Dinner.

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 19th annual LFY Dinner.

2018 Celebrity Attendees

  • Terry Francona
  • Andre Dawson, HOF
  • Bob Gibson, HOF
  • Brooks Robinson, HOF
  • Ozzie Smith, HOF
  • Harrison Bader*
  • Bill Bray
  • Fred Cambria
  • Frank Catalanotto
  • Doug Clemens
  • Bob Costas
  • Johnny Damon
  • Rajai Davis
  • Corey Dickerson*
  • John Franco
  • Steve Garvey
  • Rich Hand
  • Jim Hannan
  • Jim Leyritz
  • Noah Lowry
  • Steve Lyons
  • Oreste Marrero

*2018 Heart & Hustle team nominee

  • Scott McGregor
  • Brian McRae
  • Brad Mills
  • Mike Myers
  • Brandon Nimmo*
  • C.J. Nitkowski
  • Jim Poole
  • Bo Porter
  • Dennis Rasmussen
  • Desi Relaford
  • Mike Remlinger
  • Andre Robertson
  • Steve Rogers
  • Billy Sample
  • Art Shamsky
  • Mike Shannon
  • Gary Thorne
  • Jose Valdivielso
  • Fred Valentine
  • Jon Warden
  • Dmitri Young