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Hairstons to be honored at annual scout fundraiser

Jerry Hairston Jr. and his multi-generational major league family will be honored on Jan. 11 in Los Angeles.

The brothers Hairston celebrate a home run for Team Mexico during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The brothers Hairston celebrate a home run for Team Mexico during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
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Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. will be back in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, as he and his family will be honored at the annual "In the Spirit of the Game" event by the Professional Baseball Scout Foundation at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

The Hairston family - Jerry Sr., Jerry Jr., Scott, and John - will receive the Ray Boone Family award at the event, celebrating their multiple generations of major league players. Along with the late Sam Hairston, who in 1951 became the first African American player for the White Sox, the Hairstons are one of just three families to have three generations of major leaguers. The Boones - Ray, Bob, Bret, and Aaron - and the Bells - Gus, Buddy, and David - are the other two who share that baseball lineage.

Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and his family won the award last year.

The annual fundraiser has raised money to help scouts in need. The Professional Baseball Scout Foundaton is headed by former agent Dennis Gilbert, a fixture behind home plate at Dodger Stadium.

Jerry Hairston Jr. is recovering from hip surgery, and is expected to be ready by spring training. Scott Hairston is coming off a career-high 20 home runs with the Mets in 2012, is a free agent, and is seemingly always the answer to the "Shouldn't the Dodgers add a right-handed hitting fourth outfielder who can play all three outfield positions?" question that the Dodgers never seem to ask. The two brothers played together once, with the Padres in 2010.