Longtime baseball scouts Jack McKeon and Ray Crone Sr. are to be presented with lifetime achievement awards at the 11th "In the Spirit of the Game" gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 18.
The star-studded banquet, which has become an important part of baseball's winter calendar, is hosted each year by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, an organization founded by former minor league player turned baseball agent Dennis Gilbert to recognize the important contribution scouts make to baseball.
McKeon, best known as a manager and general manager with the Royals, A's, Padres, Reds and Marlins, also scouted for four organizations during a six-decade career in baseball. Crone, a major league pitcher with three teams, worked as a scout and talent evaluator for four clubs.
Six other scouts are to receive the foundation's Legends of Scouting Award at the event, which is to be attended by Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, among other baseball luminaries. Aaron is to receive the Executive Leadership Award from Selig, with the commissioner to be introduced by film star Michael Keaton.