For Legion Baseball team Midwest City, Okla., “Outlaws” Post 170, Oct. 27 meant more than the opening game of the Major League Baseball World Series in San Francisco. Prior to the San Francisco Giants defeating the Texas Rangers 11-7 at AT&T Park, the Outlaws were recognized in front of 43,000 baseball fans and Major- Leaguers for winning the 2010 American Legion World Series in Spokane, Wash.
The Legion’s relationship with the MLB dates back to 1926 – the year MLB began recognizing the Legion Baseball national championship team prior to Game 1 of the World Series. Since then the recognition has continued, and this year the spotlight was on the Outlaws.
As the team’s players and coaches stood on the field to be honored, Hall of Famer and former Legion player Frank Robinson presented the team with a World Series Champion plaque and even held the championship flag alongside the players. Other former Legion baseball players watched from the sidelines, including Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and catcher/first baseman Gerald “Buster” Posey.
After the game, the team enjoyed San Francisco’s famous sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the cable cars.