CORPUS CHRISTI - A custom Corpus Christi Hooks/Nolan Ryan surfboard - one of three in existence - will be auctioned off by the Texas Surf Museum during its Third Annual Surftoberfest this weekend.
The board is presently owned by Ryan-Sanders Baseball/Entertainment COO JJ Gottsch, who's donating the Robert August creation as part of Surftoberfest's Port Aransas Education Foundation fundraiser.
Gottsch was the first Hooks president from the club's 2003 inception through the 2008 season.
"Brad Lomax has been a great friend to me personally, the Hooks, and the community at-large for a number of years," Gottsch said. "When I heard that he had Robert (August) coming to the event this year, and that the funds were going to help hurricane relief efforts, I immediately thought of the board and how it could hopefully help those efforts. It will be a truly unique gift for any Robert August, Nolan Ryan, or Corpus Christi Hooks enthusiast."
To bid online for the Robert August surfboard, click here from midnight, Thursday, October 5, until 8:30 CDT on Saturday night, October 7.
August will personally autograph the board for the winner.
The board's design was produced in a special collaboration between August, his son Sam, Reid Ryan, Reese Ryan, and Gottsch. A second Hooks/Ryan WIR "What I Ride" (9.2) surfboard is currently displayed at the museum. Unique features include a classic blue/white design incorporating the Hooks' primary logo in various elements, plus Nolan Ryan's iconic "34" logo.
Robert August (born 1945) is an American surfer and surfboard shaper, most famous as one of the subjects of Bruce Brown's 1966 surf documentary "The Endless Summer" with friend Mike Hynson. The film follows the two pursuing their hobby world-wide during the California off-season, meeting other surfers and discussing surf culture. August picked up surfing in the 1950s, when the sport's popularity had just begun. His father, Blackie August, was also a noted surfer. Robert's enthusiasm for and involvement in "The Endless Summer" influenced the sport's growth for decades to come. His surfboards are sold under the Robert August Surfboards brand. He continues to travel the world promoting surfing, and in 1994 was involved in the shooting of "The Endless Summer II," in which surfers Pat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver retrace the places visited by August and Hynson 30 years earlier.
Nolan Ryan - Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Nolan Ryan was inducted on July 25, 1999, on 98.79 percent of eligible ballots, the second-highest figure in history. He is the only player to have his uniform number retired by three different teams, the Los Angeles Angels (#30) and Houston Astros (#34) joining the Texas Rangers (#34). Ryan compiled a 324-292 record and 3.19 earned run average over 807 appearances in an unprecedented 27 seasons with the New York Mets (1966; 1968-71), California Angels (1972-79), Astros (1980-88), and Rangers (1989-93). The all-time leader in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (7), Ryan has owned or shared 53 Major League records. An eight-time All-Star, he also threw 12 one-hitters, tying Bob Feller for the most ever, and owns two of the top four single-season strikeout totals in Major League history, including an all-time best 383 with the 1973 Angels.
Ryan is executive advisor to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
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