(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Former Charlotte O's players, including National Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, will return to the Queen City to be honored by the Charlotte Knights on Sunday, September 4th as part of a special 40th Anniversary Tribute to the 1976 Charlotte O's -- the first team in O's franchise history. In all, 17 former Charlotte O's players, along with former manager Jim Schaffer, will be on hand for the celebration. A highlight of the evening will take place on the pitcher's mound as Murray will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Schaffer, his 1976 Charlotte O's manager, just before first pitch of the 7:05 p.m. game against the Gwinnett Braves.
As part of Sunday's festivities, the Knights will also commemorate the 85th Anniversary of Jim Crockett Promotions, thanks to the help of the Crockett Foundation. Appearing on behalf of the Crockett Foundation to be honored on field before the game will be the Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson), fan-favorite referee Tommy Young, and "The Perfect 10" Baby Doll.
The Knights will also honor the legacy of the Crockett family in a pre-game on-field ceremony featuring Frances, Jim Jr., David, and Jackie Crockett. The current "Voice of the Gwinnett Braves" Tony Schiavone, a Charlotte O's broadcaster and announcer for Jim Crockett Promotions, will also be on hand for the event. Former Charlotte O's shortstop Cat Whitfield will perform the National Anthem on his electric guitar before the game.
Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th and the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a two-sided commemorative poster highlighting the players and professional wrestling personalities appearing at BB&T Ballpark on Sunday. Fans will have a chance to obtain free autographs from the former O's players on Sunday with a special autograph session taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the BB&T Ballpark concourse. Please note: Eddie Murray and the professional wrestling personalities appearing will not be signing autographs on the concourse.
The former Charlotte O's players appearing at BB&T Ballpark and signing autographs on the concourse will be: John Buffamoyer, Kurt Beamsderfer, Kenny Dixon, Jeff Doerr, Buddy Flesh, John Flinn, Tim Graven, Rick Mayo, Scott Murphy, Victor Rodriguez, Jeff Schaefer, Nate Snell, John Stefero, Sammy Stewart, Vern Thomas, and Cat Whitfield.
Sundays are also Sunbelt Family Sundays at the ballpark and the first 2,000 fans will receive a Sunbelt Cinch Bag presented by Sunbelt Rentals. After the game, the Knights will light up the Uptown Charlotte skyline with the final fireworks show of the season presented by BB&T and News Talk 1110 WBT.
Single-game tickets for this game, as well as all five remaining home games during the 2016 regular season, are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office, online at CharlotteKnights.com, or by phone at 704-274-8282. Uptown Knights Are Better Than Ever!
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