The Hickory Crawdads hosted the annual Walkin Roll T-ball All-Star game at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, June 20. 2009.
Four teams, the Braves, Rockies, Crawdads and Rockies, squared off as the players showed off their best baseball skills with several Crawdads players and staff members on hand.
Pitchers Joe Wieland (#20) and Mark Hamburuger (#23), as well as outfielder Mike Bianucci (#3) and third baseman Matt West (#11) were on hand to assist the players. Crawdads staff members included Assistant General Manager Charlie Downs, Director of Community Relations Ashby Knack, Director of Promotions Brett Koch, Account Representatives Kathryn Bobel, Kim Scercy, and Kyle Koch, and the Crawdads play-by-play man Andrew Buchbinder. Conrad the Crawdad also made an appearance to add to the pandemonium on the field!
In its 15th season at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Walkin’ Roll All-Star game allows those with disabilities to take the field with the pros. The event is always special for those who participate, and the Crawdads thank the Walkin Roll League for allowing us to be a part of the lives of these special people.
Crawdads Pitcher Joe Wieland and a member of the Rangers run the bases during the 15th annual Walkin' Roll All-Star Game at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, June 20
The Stockton Ports were proud to add to their efforts to promote literacy through baseball, by welcoming acclaimed author Larry Tye to Banner Island Ballpark on Thursday, June 18, to discuss his latest book about Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige, “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend.”
The Ports and Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce hosted the appearance in support of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library Summer Reading Program, The Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, and The Friends of the Stockton Public Library.
The Stockton Ports would like to thank the following people for their generous support. Without them, the Ports would not have been able to give away 350 copies of the new biography, “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend” by acclaimed author Larry Tye to fans at the June 18 game.
•The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
•Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library Summer Reading Program
•Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County
•The Friends of the Stockton Public Library Stockton Sports Commission
•United Way of San Joaquin County in honor of Gordon Medlin
•Goldstrand Planning Group
•California Water Service Company
•Stockton Delta Rotary
•Servicemaster Building Maintenance
•Mayor Ann Johnston
•Doug Wilhoit, Frank Ferral, and Mikki Gilbert Melvin Boles
•John & Francesca Vera
•Andy & Carol Prokop in memory of Gordon Medlin
•Bill Loyko & Susan Mora Loyko
•San Joaquin Sheriff Stephan Moore
…and all of the fans and community members that supported this event in hopes of raising literacy awareness and the history and story of Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues.
“We are very proud to be able to work with the Mayor, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, and so many other groups to present this event,” said Ports President and General Manager Pat Filippone. “Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues are an important part of baseball history, and we are excited to be able to share such a well-researched book with so many children.
The SeaWolves partnered with the “Save Our Shriners” Hospital of Erie organization on Sunday at Jerry Uht Park and helped to generate the largest single-day fundraising event for this worthy cause.
On Sunday as the ‘Wolves battled the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Erie fans showed their generosity in helping the battle to save the Erie Shriners Hospital for Children.
Over $2,300 was raised through ticket redemptions, 50/50, Chinese Auction for autographed items, autographed jersey silent auction, merchandise and donations.
“We are so happy that the SeaWolves players, coaches and front office staff were able to help with the efforts to save the Shriners Hospital,” SeaWolves Team President/General Manager John Frey said, “The fact that we were able to generate the largest single-day event speaks volumes of our fans and the Erie community in rallying behind this cause.”
The day could also not have been pulled off without the help of the Erie SeaWolves Booster Club who helped staff the event and sell 50/50 tickets.