Baseball legends to be honored

Baseball legends

Six baseball legends from the American and Negro Leagues will be honored at the Roxy Theater this weekend.

Being honored is Muskogee's Porter Reed along with Roosevelt Jackson, Lefty O'Neal, Eugene Golden, Babe Ruth, represented by his great-grandson Brent Stevens and Josh Gibson, represented by his great-grandson Sean Gibson, said Rodslen Brown, chief executive officer of Project A Association. Project A Association is sponsoring the event.

The group will receive recognition at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roxy Theater which is free to the public, Brown said. These individuals will visit Muskogee and Sequoyah High Schools on Friday, she said. 

The Big Show Legend Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Muskogee Civic Center, Brown said. Tickets are $25 per person and $350 for a group table. Tickets are available through www.eventbrite.com.

Group table purchases include 12 free youth passes to the Roxy Promotion Signing on Thursday and gold sponsorship in the Big Show Legend magazine.

Each of the speakers will also give a motivational speech about how they enjoyed baseball and will share their struggles and hardship which was also a part of the game, Brown said.

"Lefty O'Neal was one of the first white persons to play in the Negro League," she said. 

Not only did blacks have to deal with racism but so did whites, Brown said.

Brown said people have to change our thinking and start thinking outside the box. 

"We need to bring outsiders in and connect with us their struggles which are going on everywhere," Brown said.

"Today our youth are angry and I feel like we don't have a good understanding of their culture, and everybody wants to be somebody else," Brown said. "This is all about the instructions that God gave us in the Bible, and if we can just take a look at ourselves and realize who we really are and work toward that we will all be better off."

Information: (918) 441-2797.

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