LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp missed out on the National League MVP Award on Tuesday, but the hardware continued to pile up when he received the Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson Awards as the NL MVP and home run champ, presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Teammate Clayton Kershaw, the NL Cy Young Award winner, was also honored with the NL Bullet Rogan Award for NL pitcher of the year.
Kemp, Kershaw and other award winners will be saluted in ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Mo., with proceeds benefitting the NLBM. The event is also part of the museum's yearlong Buck O'Neil Centennial Celebration.
The NLBM named its MVP honors for Charleston, who is widely regarded by his contemporaries as the greatest baseball player ever. O'Neil often said that Charleston was "Willie Mays before there was ever a Willie Mays."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.