It was a bit lost in the shuffle of yesterday’s Mark McGwire announcement, but the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has announced its Legacy Awards that will be given on January 30 in Kansas City.
Among those being honored is Mark Teixeira, who will be given the Josh Gibson Award as the American League’s home run leader.
I think it’s cool that the NLBM recognizes the stolen base leaders in each league. People don’t really get worked up about stolen bases anymore, but the Negro Leagues had Cool Papa Bell, so how could the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum not give a stolen bases award?
For those who are interested, Joe Posnanski wrote a terrific book about Negro Leagues Baseball Museum co-founder Buck O’Neil. Check it out.