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Lake County Captains Honored with "Promotion of the Year" by ESPN The Magazine09/15/2009 10:00 AM ET
(Eastlake, OH) - The Lake County Captains, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, have been honored with a coveted "Veeckie" recognition from ESPN the Magazine for having the best promotion in Minor League Baseball for the 2009 season. The Captains' "Salute to Cleveland Sports History", which was held on August 2 at Classic Park, was selected as the Promotion of the Year by the national publication. A "Veeckie" is named in honor of the former Major League owner and showman, Bill Veeck.
This is the third time that the Captains have a received a "Veeckie" in the organization's brief seven-year history. "Bill Veeck Night" and "Hail to the Chief Night" garnered the Captains similar recognition in past years. The issue of ESPN the Magazine, which features "The Veeckies" and highlights the Captains' "Salute to Cleveland Sports History", including a photo of the former athletes who appeared at Classic Park, will be on newsstands in the next few weeks.
"This is truly an honor to be recognized by such a fine publication for an event that brought together so many Cleveland greats and rekindled so many sports memories", Captains Vice President and General Manager Brad Seymour said. "We had a great time developing this promotion as a staff and it is great to receive such high accolades for what turned out to be a memorable, and fun, night at the ballpark."
The Captains re-created many dubious moments in Cleveland sports history throughout the evening event, including the infamous "Red Right 88" and "The Fumble". But the night was highlighted by the return of Nickel Beer Night with five ounce, five cent beers being sold for one hour prior to the game.
Celebrities on hand that night included the 1980 American League Rookie of the Year, Joe Charboneau, perfect game pitcher Len Barker, and former Indians players Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Joe Azcue, Max Alvis and Kevin Rhomberg. Cleveland State University coach Gary Waters, the Browns' Hanford Dixon, Reggie Langhorn, Tim Manoa and Don Cockroft were also on hand. Jim Chones of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Otto Orf from the Cleveland Force and Crunch and Jock Callender from the Cleveland Lumberjacks attended as well and signed autographs for fans in attendance.
Due to the overwhelming success of this special night, the Captains plan to continue the tradition of honoring our region's rich sports history with another Cleveland Sports History Night in 2010.
Discounted full season tickets plans, 12-, 20-, and 35-game mini ticket plans for the 2010 season are on sale now and information can be found at the Captains website www.captainsbaseball.com.
The Lake County Captains are a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, at the corners of State Route 91 and Vine Street. For more information on the Captains, please visit the team's official website at www.captainsbaseball.com.
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