For this reason I want to celebrate the Negro League Baseball Museum's announcement that both Kemp and Kershaw have won some Legacy Awards. Kemp took home the Oscar Charleston (MVP) and Josh Gibson (Home Run Leader) Awards and Kershaw took the Bullet Rogan Pitcher of the Year Award.
From the press release:
Two centerfielders were the center of attention when the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) announced its Legacy Awards Class of 2011. Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp and New York Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson head a star-studded class of 2011 Major League Baseball honorees who will receive Legacy Awards from the NLBM.
Kemp and Granderson will receive the coveted Oscar Charleston Award given annually to the National League (NL) and American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). Kemp also earned the Josh Gibson Award after leading the NL in home runs (39).
The NLBM will honor Kemp, Granderson and the rest of a stellar group of award winners in ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 28, 2012 at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, MO. Proceeds from the Legacy Awards benefit the NLBM. The event is also part of the museum's yearlong Buck O'Neil Centennial Celebration.
"The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating baseball's best in the name and spirit of baseball's best. We congratulate Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson and the other honorees receiving Legacy Awards," said Bob Kendrick, NLBM president.
"The Legacy Awards is the only baseball event of its kind that unites baseball's past and present. We believe that by honoring Major League Baseball's very best in the name of these legendary Negro Leaguers, we help fans worldwide gain a greater appreciation for just how talented the likes of Charleston and the other greats of the Negro Leagues were," Kendrick said.