Holy iconic TV star!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader's first appearance, the Red Wings present Batman and Robin Night on June 28 - presented by Wesley Gardens Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Services, 96.5 WCMF, News10NBC and MeTV Rochester. The Wings will host the Norfolk Tides, the top affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, at 7:05 p.m; the gates open at 6 p.m. This multi-media celebration of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder will include:
|An autograph appearance by Burt Ward, who played Robin in the
ABC series Batman and the 20th Century Fox film Batman
|An appearance by the Batmobile, an exact replica of the car from the TV series and film|
|Giveaways including the new DC Universe original movie Son of Batman|
|The post-game fireworks show will feature music from and inspired by the
Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman film series and the Christopher Nolan
Dark Knight film series
Actor Burt Ward was 19 years old when he appeared with Adam West in Batman, which premiered in January 1966. The series aired for three seasons and also prompted the 1966 feature film. The TV series was a pop culture sensation with its campy approach, bright colors, and celebrity guest stars. Episodes still air across the country, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the series will be released for the first time on DVD later this year. 2014 is the the 75th anniversary of the DC Comics Batman character's first appearance, with a national Batman Day announced for July 23.
Ward and his wife Tracy founded Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, a non-profit charitable organziation which rescues giant breed dogs like Great Danes. Their work with Gentle Giants has been featured in People magazine and on Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight and the Animal Planet network. Ward also keeps a busy schedule appearing at comic-cons and Batman fan conventions.
On June 28, Ward will sign autographs from 6-6:45 p.m, be introduced on the field, and throw out the first pitch. He will also sign autographs from 7:10-8 p.m.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION DETAILS: Fans will have two options if they would like to receive an autograph from Burt Ward:
* purchase an official event color photo for $10 each, which includes a free autograph from Ward;
* any other items will be signed for $40 each (cash only), with proceeds going to the Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions organization.
Time will not permit fans to ask to pose with our guest for photos or videos.
The gates will open at 6 p.m. for the autograph session, regardless of the weather. The autograph session will take place as scheduled, regardless of the weather and regardless of whether the game is played or not.
The Batmobile fans will see on June 28, shown above, is an exact replica of the famed TV series car. This Batmobile is owned by Red Wings fan, Batman fan, auto enthusiast and Supervisor of the Town of Greece Bill Reilich. Fans will be able to take photos of the Batmobile while it's on display in the concourse during the autograph session.
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