If you find yourself in the Clearwater, Florida area on March 14, 2010, there will be a great event to take the family to at Bright House Field.
A group of former Major League Baseball players will be gathering for an Alumni Legends Game again this spring.
Last Spring a couple dozen former stars of the game came together at Bright House Field with the Military All-Stars Team, which was led by former Red Sox first baseman Brian Daubach.
While the majority of the roster was made up of military personnel, New England Patriots Legend Doug Flutie played the field as the team’s second baseman. Also joining the military team was Dan Duquette, former Boston Red Sox, GM and the U.S. Military All-Stars' director of player development.
Daubach and Kevin Bass were two of the top hitters in the home run derby.
The Major League Players Legends team was loaded with former All-Star players, led by Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry. Perennial All-Star pitchers Jim Kaat and Tommy John joined Perry on the mound, and each pitched part of the game.
Former All-Star relief pitcher Darold Knowles joined former Red Sox reliever Dick Drago, as each took the mound for an inning.
Yankee legend Ryne Duren was also on hand and Oakland A’s legend Bert Campaneris played shortstop for the Legends team.
The event kicked off with a home run derby that featured a mix of MLB Legends and Military All-Stars participating in the slugfest. A US Army Blackhawk helicopter then landed in centerfield to deliver the game ball!
This years event should be just as entertaining, as many more former major leaguers have already accepted invitations to attend the Legends Game.
Perry is slated to return, and joining him this year will be his brother, former Twins starter Jim Perry and former Cleveland Indian ace Sam McDowell. Playing the field for the Legends team will be a pair of recently retired MLB All-Stars, Jeff Cirillo and Jeff Kent.
The event will kick off at 1:00 pm with a Youth Baseball Clinic, followed by the always-popular home run derby at 5:15. The game is slated to get underway at 6:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $5 to $25, so it is an affordable evening for any baseball fan.
The proceeds from the event will go to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Major League Players Association.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people through baseball and softball themed programs.
The Major League Baseball Players Association was formed to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images, and protect the dignity of the game through former players.