Any chance former Orioles left-hander Dave McNally gets to return to Baltimore, he takes. When that opportunity means he can make a little money for local charities and honor his friend and former teammate Brooks Robinson at the same time, he jumps at it.
"Brooks never gets enough honors," said McNally, from his auto dealership in Billings, Mont. "He deserves more, because of the kind of person he is and what he has meant to the game."
McNally is one of 15 baseball celebrities who will be in town tomorrow for the Kodak Celebration of Baseball, which will honor Robinson on Saturday night at the Advanced Telecomm Black Tie Dinner, Dance and Auction at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel.
Robinson is being honored for his role as founding member and current president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
The weekend-long celebration begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow with the "Swing with the Legends" golf tournament at Turf Valley Country Club. It will be followed by the Nabisco Baseball Card, Sports Memorabilia & Autograph Show, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and continues from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Saturday at the Convention Center.
There will be a Pepsi Living Legends Baseball Clinic and Dream Day at Essex Community College, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proceeds from these events will benefit Orioles' Children's Charities, Grant-A-Wish Foundation and the MLBPAA, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Among those players expected at the autograph shows are Robinson, McNally, Harmon Killebrew, Fergie Jenkins, Robin Roberts, Bob Feller, Mike Mussina, Todd Frohwirth, Jim Poole, David Segui, Mark Williamson, Chito Martinez and Randy Milligan.
Also, Sam Horn, Leo Gomez, Jose Mesa, Gregg Olson, Chris Hoiles, Bob Milacki, Brady Anderson, Mike Devereaux, Earl Weaver, Don Stanhouse, Boog Powell, Grant Jackson, Davey Johnson, Paul Blair, Tug McGraw and Sparky Lyle.