In a pregame ceremony Wednesday night, Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp will be honored with the Roy Campanella Award.
Kemp’s Dodgers teammates voted him as the most inspirational player on the team and the award is always given to the player who most embodies the character and principles of Campanella.
Roy Campanella, credited as the first player to break the color barrier in baseball as a catcher.
Campanella was a catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and began his career in the Negro Leagues. He was a three-time National League MVP and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Campanella was paralyzed in a weather-related car accident in 1958. He died in 1993.
Matt Kemp is the sixth player to earn this award.