Meeting on Friday in New York were, from left, Larry Price, chairman of The American Legion National Baseball Subcomittee; National Commander Clarence Hill; Roy Krasik of Major League Baseball; and Joseph Caouette, National Americanism Commission chairman

Legion, MLB reaffirm 78-year relationship

During a luncheon Friday in New York City, American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill accepted a $40,000 check from Major League Baseball (MLB) officials. The annual contribution has been dedicated to The American Legion Baseball program since 1932 due to the Legion's long relationship with the MLB.

The afternoon luncheon provided Legion and MLB staff ample time to reconnect for disucssions on mutual benefits, areas of cooperation and future meetings. Those involved in the meeting from MLB headquarters included Tom Brasuell, vice president of community relations; Roy Krasik, executive director of operations; Chuck Fox with operations; and Legionnaire Bill Haase, senior vice president of National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As for the relationship between the Legion and MLB, it got underway in 1926 when the MLB began recognizing the Legion Baseball national championship team during its World Series. Since then, the recognition has continued and just last year the Legion Baseball championship team from Midland, Mich., was recognized at Yankee Stadium prior to the first game. Moreover, MLB Charities recently established the organization "Welcome Back Veterans," and they support U.S. troops and veterans with patriotic field ceremonies at the annual All Star Game and World Series.

Check back at Monday to read more about the meeting and learn how the Legion and MLB will continue their relationship.