The 2013 Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental, is right around the corner on Nov. 23 at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester. This year's collection of guests has quite an extensive collective resume. The following is a look at some of the numbers put together by this year's guests.
142 COMBINED YEARS OF MAJOR LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
- Fred McGriff had the longest major league career at 19 years. New Hampshire's Chris Carpenter and former Yankee Roy White are next with 15 years each.
510 COMBINED MAJOR LEAGUE VICTORIES
- Carpenter's 144 regular season wins are the most. He also has ten postseason victories, tied with Whitey Ford, Dave Stewart, and David Wells for seventh all-time.
1,022 COMBINED MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUNS
- McGriff is again the leader with 493 career home runs, just 7 short of the magical 500 mark. If you include his 10 postseason home runs he has 503 total.
9 COMBINED WORLD SERIES RINGS
- Carpenter and White each won two rings with the Cardinals (2006, 2011) and Yankees (1977-78, Yankees), respectively. Jonny Gomes is the most recent winner with the 2013 Red Sox. Other winners include McGriff (Braves, 1995), Denny McLain (1968, Tigers), Jim Beattie (1978, Yankees), Scott McGregor (1983, Orioles).
16 COMBINED ALL-STAR GAMES - AND DOZENS MORE COMING DOWN THE PIKE
- McGriff is a five-time All-Star while Carpenter and McLain went to three games each. White was a two-time star, and Ron LeFlore, Richie Scheinblum, and McGregor each went to one All-Star Game.
7 NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIVES
- Carpenter and LaRocca have MLB experience. Kevin Nolan, Joey Maher, Jordan Cote, Brad Zapenas, and Michael Fransoso have MLB aspirations.
4 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
- Bernie Carbo (1965, 16th overall, Reds), Ron Blomberg (1967, 1st overall, Yankees), McGregor (1972, 14th overall, Yankees), Carpenter (1993, 15th overall, Blue Jays)
3 CY YOUNG AWARDS
- McLain (1968-69, Tigers), Carpenter (2005, Cardinals)
3 20-GAME WINNERS
- McLain (20, 1966, Tigers; 31, 1968, Tigers; 24, 1969, Tigers), McGregor (20, 1980, Orioles), Carpenter (21, 2005, Cardinals)
1 30-GAME WINNER
- McLain (31 in 1968, Tigers, last MLB player to earn 30 wins)
1 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
- McLain (1968, Tigers) - Since the Cy Young was created in 1956, only 10 players have won both MVP and Cy Young honors in the same season. McLain and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals each earned the sweep in 1968. McLain is one of three Tigers to do it along with Willie Hernandez (1994) and Justin Verlander (2011). Seven players have pulled off the feat in the American League beginning with McLain in 1968, and including Roger Clemens with the 1984 Red Sox. Only three National Leaguers have done it: Gibson and a pair of Dodgers - Don Newcombe (Brooklyn, 1956) and Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles, 1963). Newcombe and Koufax accomplished the trophy sweep when there was only one Cy Young winner chosen for the entire game.
1 MISS NEW HAMPSHIRE
- Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo is a member of the Fisher Cats front office staff.
1 REAL-LIFE ROCKFORD PEACH
- Mary Pratt was a Peach from 1943-44 and again from 1946-47. Rockford was the team made famous by Dottie Hinson, played by Geena Davis, in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own.
Perhaps the most impressive number or all: $1 million. Thanks to your generosity, we will surpass the $1 million mark with the proceeds from thia event on Nov. 23. Click here to buy your tickets and be part of this special night.
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