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City of Montgomery to celebrate baseball heritage

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Coordinator John Young visits Alabama Live! Tuesday to discuss the tribute. Coordinator John Young visits Alabama Live! Tuesday to discuss the tribute.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says the Montgomery Baseball Leadership Heritage events will take place Wednesday as the city pays homage to its rich baseball history.

"For ten season the Biscuits have given us great teams to cheer for and fine family entertainment," Mayor Strange said. "It's fitting to look at Montgomery's baseball roots and pay tribute to our stars from the past."

Starting at noon, during a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Strange will present proclamations to Montgomery Baseball Leadership Heritage honorees and recognize youth baseball players who participated in the most recent state tournament.

After the ceremony, the honorees will take part in youth-oriented programs at the Gateway Park Lodge, Bellingrath Community Center and Whitley Hall on Troy University's Montgomery campus.

1:30pm - Gateway park Lodge: honorees meet with local youngsters

3:15pm - Bellingrath Community Center: honorees meet with local youngsters

5:00pm - Troy Montgomery Whitley Hall Room 141: honorees met with the public

These are free of charge and there will be memorabilia displayed and free autographs.

 

The honorees will throw ceremonial first pitches at Wednesday's Montgomery Biscuits game and will also sign autographs for fans.

Willy Levanthal, a former youth player from California who was recruited by Dr. Martin Luther King and Ambassador Andrew Young to join Civil Rights efforts in the South, was the leading organizer of Montgomery's Baseball Leadership Heritage event.

"Willy's passion for the sport is contagious," Mayor Strange said. "We're grateful for his leadership and thankful for our partners in this event."

The 2013 Montgomery Baseball Leadership Heritage honorees include:

Jack Lively (posthumously) who was a member of the Montgomery Senators, Climbers and Rebels in 1908, 1909 and 1914 including a no-hitter against Little Rock. He won 31 games during the 1910 season with the Oakland Oaks.

During his major league career with the Detroit Tigers, Lively was also a roommate with the legendary Ty Cobb.

INFORMATION SOURCE: City of Montgomery

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