The Diamond Affair sure was a star-studded event.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County’s tribute dinner Friday at the Grady Cultural Center, the start of the two-day event in renaming the club as the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo-Grady County, brought out all the stars.
In addition to Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the late Robinson, who was born in Cairo prior to breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, other luminaries in attendance included former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Roosevelt Jackson, the oldest living former Negro Leagues player. Also helping to honor Robinson were Cairo natives Teresa Edwards, five-time Olympian and the most decorated Olympic basketball player in the world; Willie C. Harris, former MLB player that won a World Series championship with the Chicago White Sox; and Bill Stanfill, an Outland Trophy winner at Georgia and a member of the undefeated 1972 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins.
See Saturday's edition for more details.