Due to unfortunate circumstances, Kent Tekulve, a former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, will be unable to attend the Jamestown Jammers luncheon April 28th at the Conewango Club in Warren, Pa.
However, Steve Blass, another former Pirates pitching great, will now be the guest speaker. All other aspects of the event will go on as scheduled.
2014 will mark Steve Blass' 54th year of involvement with the Pirates organization, having been associated with the club since signing his first professional contract on June 27th, 1960. As a right-handed pitcher, Blass played for the Pirates for 10 seasons (1964-1974), and compiled a record of 103-76. He currently ranks seventh on the club's all-time list in strikeouts (896), and 14th in wins. In the 1971 World Series, he picked up complete-game victories in games three and seven, while sporting an ERA of 1.00.
"It's unfortunate that Kent Tekulve won't be able to attend the luncheon, but the Jammers are thrilled and appreciative to have Pirates legend Steve Blass as his replacement," said Jammers General Manager Matt Drayer.
Doors will open at 11:30am, and the luncheon is scheduled to run from noon until 1pm. A traditional buffet lunch featuring chicken, pasta, and additional sides will be served to all attendees. Mr. Blass will be available for a short period of time for an autograph signing after the speaking portion of the event is completed.
The Jamestown Jammers are the Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are owned and operated by a local Buffalo company, Rich Products Corporation, which also owns the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.