Each season, the Rochester Red Wings offer their fans the opportunity to get a free autograph from former Major League Baseball stars as part of our promotions schedule. Over the past few years, Wings fans have enjoyed appearances by Baseball Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Harmon Killebrew, Rich "Goose" Gossage, and Dennis Eckersley, and former big league stars including Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Tug McGraw, Mookie Wilson, Bill Lee, Steve Garvey, Jose Canseco, Dave Stewart and many more.
To insure that as many fans as possible have the chance to meet our special guests and get an autograph, fans are reminded that
- There is a limit of one autograph per fan
- There will be a posted time frame for the autograph sessions (listed below)
- Time does not permit fans to ask to pose for individual photos with our featured guest
- Personalized and/or customized inscriptions will be signed at the discretion of our featured guest
- There may be a restriction on what type of items will be signed. When we are made aware in advance that a restriction will be in place, we will post them here and on our promotions schedule; ultimately, the decision on what to sign or not sign will be made by our featured guest.
- The gates will open at the scheduled time for each autograph appearance, regardless of the weather or the weather forecast. The autograph session will take place, regardless of whether the game is played or not.
All autograph sessions will take place in front of the Red Wings Hall of Fame, first base concourse between Mama Mittsy's Pizza Kitchen and Pop 'N' Hots (unless otherwise specified below). Fans are welcome to bring one item of their own to be signed; baseballs and photos will be available for purchase in the autograph area.
Here's the complete lineup as of 7/26/13:
Rod Carew Wed. July 24, presented by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust www.CNBank.com
Gates open at 6 p.m. Autograph session from 6-6:45 p.m., 7:15-8:00 p.m.
Mr. Carew will not be able to sign bats or jerseys.
Rod Carew lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 career hits. His seven batting titles are surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner, and equaled only by Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial. He used a variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 in 15 consecutive seasons with the Twins and Angels, achieving a .328 lifetime average. He was honored as American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the league MVP 10 years later and was named to 18 straight All-Star teams. He remains a national hero in Panama. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1991...selected to the Twins 25th Anniversary Team in 1986 and the 40th Season Anniversary All-Time Team in 2000...inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on August 12, 2000 and was named one of the "50 Greatest Twins" in 2010.
Rod Carew's appearance is made possible by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. "At Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, our commitment to the community has been a part of our culture for more than a century," said Frank H. Hamlin, President. "We're proud to team up with Rochester Community Baseball and the Red Wings, to bring Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew to Rochester on July 24. Baseball fans from around the area will have the chance to get an autograph from Mr. Carew, whose career accomplishments embodied the finesse of the game of baseball."
Dwight Gooden Sun. July 28, presented by AT&T Mobility www.ATT.com
Gates open at 5 p.m. Autograph session from 5-5:45 p.m., 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Dwight "Doc" Gooden was a phenom who pitched just one minor league season before joining the New York Mets in 1984, when he won National League Rookie of the Year honors. In 1985, Gooden led the league with 24 wins, 268 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA, winning the NL Cy Young Award. He helped the Mets to a World Series championship in 1986, and pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees on May 14, 1996. He was a four-time All-Star and was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2010. He won 194 games and racked up 2.293 strikeouts in his career. Gooden has struggled with substance abuse issues throughout his career; his book, "Doc - A Memoir," written with Ellis Henican, was published on June 4, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Gaylord Perry Mon. July 29, presented by High Falls Advisors, LLC www.HighFallsAdvisors.com
gates open at 6:00 p.m. Autograph session from 6-6:45 p.m., 7:15-8:00 p.m.
Gaylord Perry achieved two of pitching's most magical milestones with 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts. Distracting and frustrating hitters through an array of rituals on the mound, he was a 20-game winner five times and posted a 3.10 lifetime ERA. With the Giants in 1968, Perry no-hit the Cardinals and starter Bob Gibson. An outstanding competitor, he won Cy Young Awards in 1972 with Cleveland and with San Diego in '78, becoming the first pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
Lee Smith Sun. Aug. 25, presented by Legacy Financial Planning, LLC www.LegacyFP.com
gates open at 12 noon. Autograph session from 12-12:45 p.m., 1:15-2:00 p.m.
Lee Smith is ranked third on the all-time saves list. Smith amassed 478 career saves over his 18-year Major League career while playing with eight different teams. The seven-time All-Star held the Major League saves record for 14 years until Trevor Hoffman eclipsed his mark in 2006. Only Hoffman and Yankees' great Mariano Rivera have more saves than the Louisiana native. A second round pick by the Cubs in 1975, Smith posted a sub-three ERA and a club-record 180 saves over eight years in Chicago (1980-87). After a couple years in Boston, the hard-throwing right-hander was dealt to St. Louis in 1990 for 2012 Red Wings hitting coach Tom Brunansky. Smith put up back-to-back dominant seasons in 1991 and '92 with the Cardinals leading the National League in saves and finishing in the top five in Cy Young voting both seasons.
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