SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black, general manager Josh Byrnes and players Will Venable and Kyle Blanks attended the 9th annual Salute to the Negro Leagues luncheon on Friday at the Omni Hotel, which is located adjacent to Petco Park.
Eight former Negro League players, including one of the women of the Negro Leagues, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, were in attendance. The last living Negro League umpire, Bob Motley, was recognized during the event.
The event was hosted by Padres executive vice president/senior advisor, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.
Johnson and Motley were scheduled to throw out the first pitch on Friday at Petco Park before the Padres face the Mariners. The team also was set to honor the former Negro League players during a pregame ceremony.