The DC Grays will honor some of Washington, DC’s best athletes tomorrow night before their game against the Herndon Braves with a “Salute to Legends Night.”
International Boxing Federation world light welterweight champion and DC area native Lamont Peterson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Many baseball legends from the area will also be attending, along with Little Leaguers from Bolling AIr Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Belvior.
Peterson’s inspiring story has received worldwide attention. He and his brother Anthony were left parentless at a young age and were homeless for many years. The brothers developed their boxing skills under the tutelage of Barry Hunter, a successful coach from the Headbangers Boxing Program. Under Hunter’s mentorship, Anthony became a lightweight contender, while Peterson became one of the most exciting fighters in boxing. DC boxing fans will remember his homecoming performance at the DC Convention Center in 2011, where he came from behind to overtake Amir Khan.
Many “DC Diamond Legends” will be honored by the Grays tomorrow as well. Al Bumbry (Baltimore Orioles), Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss (Wilson High School, Kent State University, San Grancisco Giants, Washington Nationals), Vince Colbert (Eastern High School, Cleveland Indians), Greg Fleet (Gwynn Park, Howard University, Texas Rangers), famed local sportscaster Glen Harris (Anacostia High School, Howard University), Ron Harris (Anacostia High School, George Washington University, Black Sox), Gerard Hall Jr (Gonzaga High School, Old Dominion University, Kansas City Royals, Schaumburg Boomers), Marvin Jackson (Ballou High School, Bowie State, CTV Host), Rock Newman (Gwynn Park, Howard University), Charles Vinson (Phelps High School, Angels and Yankees), Curtis “Butch” White (Western High School, Howard University), and Robert Woodland (Suitland High School, Howard University, Montreal Expos) will all be honored in a special pre-game ceremony. Fleet, Ron and Glen Harris, Jackson, and Newman are expected to attend in person.
The festivities will start at 6:30 PM, and the first pitch with the Legends and local Little League ballpayers will be at 6:50 PM
The DC Grays (7-11) are looking to bounce back from a rough last week. With starter Connor Van Hoose (1-1) looking to get his second win of the season, he is coming off a tough outing where he went 5 2/3 giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He will be facing Braves’ (5-7) Steven Shwartz (0-0) who went one inning in relief on June 11, giving up one earned run on two hits.
Come out tonight to enjoy festivities before the game when the Grays honor DC’s great players on the diamond and in the ring. DC’s own Lamont Peterson, world light welterweight champion will throw out the first pitch!