*Actors and former athletes including Reggie Jackson, Bill Russell, Benjamin Bratt and Andy Garcia, teed it up at the Wilshire Country Club on Monday to support the inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational.
Among the actors also on hand were Richard Karn, Kevin Nealon, Richard Schiff, Rocky Carroll and Carlos Bernard. Tim Jo, who plays a character named Reggie Jackson on ABC’s “The Neighbors,” was there too and posed for a photo with the other Jackson, the New York Yankees great.
Jackson was joined by such other former pro athletes as Lakers standout Byron Scott, Don Buford, Bret Saberhagen, Kenny Lofton and Dave Stewart.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton on the campus of El Camino College. The academy, like others around the country, is designed to provide opportunities to young people in urban America to play baseball and softball.
Robinson, 78, played 21 seasons in the big leagues, most notably for the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles (and one season with the Los Angeles Dodgers), and was the first African-American to manage in the majors.
A Hall of Famer who is ninth of the all-time list of home runs, Robinson is the only player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National and American leagues.