Longtime American Legion baseball official Les Beckham will be honored tonight during a gala celebration at David Allen Memorial Ballpark before the Enid Majors’ home-opener against Woodward.

Beckham, who died Aug. 22 at the age of 84, was a lifelong supporter of American Legion baseball. He served as the baseball chairman for 44 years.

A likeness of Beckham has been embossed on a gold coin and 300 of those coins will be given away at the stadium tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Enid Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic salute to Beckham, a World War II veteran, beginning at 6 p.m.

Majors manager Bill Mayberry will make a special presentation to the Beckham family at 7 p.m.

Merry Lee Nafus, Beckham’s daughter, wishes the ceremony wasn’t necessary.

“But I’m glad people remember my dad that way,’’ she said. “He would have said that this (ceremony) isn’t necessary. He wasn’t involved to be noticed or for the glory. He just loved baseball.’’

Nafus is expected to throw out the first pitch before the 8 p.m. game.

“They told me I couldn’t throw under-handed,’’ she said. “I’ve been practicing a little in the backyard.’’

About 30 of Beckham’s family members are expected to be on hand, including his brother, J.W. Beckham, of Dallas, and his sister, Maye Adele Kirtley, of Meno.

The Enid AAA team will play the Area AAA team in a seven-inning game beginning at 4 p.m.

Admission is $5. Children in Little League uniforms and military personnel with a military ID will be admitted free.

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