Tops in Sports event includes Gonzalez, Perez, Lasorda

December 28, 1993

American League home run champion Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers and former Cincinnati Reds star Tony Perez headline the 41st annual Tops in Sports Banquet scheduled for Jan. 14 at Towson State University.

They will be joined by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, Orioles manager Johnny Oates and pitchers Rick Sutcliffe and Fernando Valenzuela.

The banquet begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Tickets are $45 and can be obtained by calling (410) 242-3552.

Gonzalez, who hit 46 home runs last season, is this year's recipient of the Active Babe Ruth Crown presented by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association.

Perez, an integral part of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine and a seven-time All-Star, will receive the Retroactive Babe Ruth Crown.

Lasorda will receive the Edwin A. Rommel Award presented for long and distinguished service to baseball. Sutcliffe will receive the Jack Dunn Memorial Service Award for outstanding community service efforts, and Valenzuela will receive Comeback Player of the Year honors.

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