The 2020 Cactus League luncheon, featuring the induction of the latest Cactus League Hall of Fame class, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame include Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Vin Scully, Billy Williams, Tony Gwynn, Vida Blue and Al Siebert, according to a press release
“The Cactus League luncheon celebrates the opening of spring training, the best time of year in Arizona,” Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said in a prepared statement.
“We congratulate the 2020 Hall of Fame class, and we thank the Arizona Office of Tourism for supporting this event and Grand Canyon University for hosting.”
The luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The luncheon will feature the induction of the 2020 Cactus League Hall of Fame class, though some inductees may not be present.
Mr. Selig was Major League Baseball commissioner from 1998-2015 before garnering emeritus status. He was also the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, who have spring training in Phoenix, from 1970-98.
Mr. Scully was the radio announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have spring training in Peoria, from 1950-2016, starting with the team when it was in Brooklyn. Mr. Scully is also the Ford Frick Award winner in 1982, which honors broadcasters for their contributions to the game.
Mr. Williams was a Hall of Fame outfielder who played for the Chicago Cubs, who have spring training in Mesa, from 1959-74 and the Oakland A’s, who also have spring training in Mesa, from 1975-76. He was a six-time all star and rookie of the year winner in 1961.
Mr. Gwynn was a Hall of Fame outfielder who played with the San Diego Padres, who have spring training in Peoria, from 1982-2001. He is a 15-time all star, five-time Golden Glove winner and a seven-time Silver Slugger. He died in 2014.
Mr. Blue was a relief pitcher with the Oakland A’s from 1969-77; San Francisco Giants, who have spring training in Scottsdale, from 1978-81 and 1985-86; and the Kansas City Royals, who have spring training in Surprise, from 1982-83. He was the MVP and Cy Young winner in 1971 as well as a six-time all star.
Mr. Siebert is a retired groundskeeper at the Peoria Sports Complex, which houses the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres.
Two days after the luncheon, the 2020 Cactus League season begins on Friday, Feb. 21 and runs until Tuesday, March 24 at 10 ballparks across Maricopa County.