Former major league and Omaha Royals' manager Jack McKeon will be the featured speaker at the Bob Gibson Heritage Banquet on April 22nd in La Vista.
McKeon became the first manager in Omaha Royals' history in 1969, leading the American Association team to the pennant in both 1969 and 1970. After two more seasons in Omaha, he managed the Kansas City Royals and at age 72 was the oldest manager to win a World Series when he guided the 2003 Florida Marlins past the New York Yankees.
Former Kansas City second baseman Frank White and National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson also will appear. The 6 p.m. event will be held at the Embassy Suites. Tickets are $100 each. VIP tickets, which include a private complimentary social hour prior to the banquet are $250 each.
Reservations may be made at bobgibsonproject.org or by mail through the Sarpy County Sports Commission, 501 Olson Drive, Suite 210, Papillion, Nebraska 68046.
Last year's inaugural banquet centered on the placement of the Bob Gibson statue located outside the main entrance to Werner Park. The Bob Gibson Heritage Project's goal is to include a commemorative Walk of Fame at Werner Park.
The brick walkway will honor Nebraska's six native-born members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In addition to the Omaha-born Gibson, the list includes Richie Ashburn of Tilden, Sam Crawford of Wahoo, Wade Boggs of Omaha, Grover Cleveland Alexander from St. Paul and Bill Southworth of Harvard.