Negro League baseball players from Macon to be recognized Saturday

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Luther Williams Field wmarshall@macon.com

An Eagle Scout project recognizing four Negro National League players will be unveiled Saturday at Luther Williams Field in Macon, according to a news release.

The event that begins at 11 a.m. will include an opportunity to meet with two of the former Negro League players -- Ernest Fann, and Robert Scott. Gordon Smith of Troop 170 came up with the idea for the plaques as a way to honor Fann, Scott, Lemuel Hawkins and Marion Cain for their contribution to Macon's baseball history, the release said.

Also attending will be Garrett Williams, Scout Executive for the Central Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America; Steve Duvall with the Middle Georgia Umpire Association; Rudell Richardson with 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia; Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert; and Macon-Bibb Recreation Director Reggie Moore.

"I love the game of baseball and have played since T-ball, mostly at shortstop and second base," Smith said in the release. "I am able to play on fields all over Georgia due to the sacrifices of men like these, and I am thankful for their efforts when the 'playing field' wasn't always fair. We should always remember their work and their worth."