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Legends for Youth Dinner

The 2018 Legends for Youth Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at Capitale in New York City.

At the event, Bob Gibson will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Terry Francona will accept the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award.

2018 LFY Dinner celebrity attendees »

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For more information or if you have questions regarding the LFY Dinner and how you or your corporation can attend, email Nikki Warner at

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.

2017 Legends for Youth Dinner

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner received the overall Heart & Hustle Award at the 2017 LFY Dinner.

Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Andre Dawson were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 18th annual LFY Dinner.

Celebrity Attendees

  • Terry Francona
  • Andre Dawson, HOF
  • Bob Gibson, HOF
  • Brooks Robinson, HOF
  • Ozzie Smith, HOF
  • Harrison Bader*
  • Bill Bray
  • Fred Cambria
  • Frank Catalanotto
  • Larry Christenson
  • Tony Clark
  • Doug Clemens
  • Bob Costas
  • Rajai Davis
  • Johnny Damon
  • Corey Dickerson*
  • John Doherty
  • John Franco
  • Steve Garvey
  • Jeffrey Hammonds
  • Rich Hand
  • Jim Hannan
  • Tommy Hutton
  • Al Leiter

*2018 Heart & Hustle team nominee

  • Noah Lowry
  • Steve Lyons
  • Oreste Marrero
  • Scott McGregor
  • Brian McRae
  • Mike Myers
  • Brandon Nimmo*
  • C.J. Nitkowski
  • Salvador Perez*
  • 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