The Williamsport Crosscutters 11th annual Hot Stove Banquet was held January 16 at the Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport.
The event featured Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, outfielder Roman Quinn and TV voice Tom McCarthy in addition to Cutters manager and former World Series MVP Pat Borders and Japanese baseball legend Tom O'Malley. The guests entertained attendees with stories, answered audience questions and signed autographs.
Quinn, reflecting on his time playing in Williamsport in 2012 said, "Just looking back on that year, it was a good time. It was my first professional baseball experience and it was great. Playing in front of the Williamsport fans was awesome."
The night, presented in part by Panda Patriot Power, WRAK Radio and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, was also highlighted by auctions that featured a wealth of sports memorabilia including a special Phillies VIP Game Experience, a Maikel Franco autographed bat, a NY Yankees VIP Game Experience and much more.
Another highlight of the event was the induction of Tony Visco into the Bowman Field Hall of Fame. Visco, the owner and principal architect of Anthony H. Visco Architects has been part of virtually every renovation project at BB&T Ballpark since 1994. Over the last 24 years, Visco and his crew have been involved in no less than 12 renovations covering literally dozens of different projects.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening were donated to the Williamsport Area Little League. At the conclusion of the festivities, they were presented with a check for $7,725
The Crosscutters 2017 home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 against the State College Spikes. Season tickets, bonus books and mini-plans are now available by phone, online at crosscutters.com or in-person at BB&T Ballpark.