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Guinness World Record Holder to Circle the Bases While Engulfed in Flames

Sand Gnats to Host First-Ever Fire Stunt on August 14
August 3, 2010
SAVANNAH, GA - The Savannah Sand Gnats are truly bringing the heat with a first-ever fire promotion at a minor league baseball game on Saturday, August 14 with Guinness World Record Holder, Ted Batchelor. After the Sand Gnats' game against the Kannapolis Intimidators, which will begin at 6:05, and before the evening's fireworks show, one lucky fan will light Batchelor on fire; he will then circle the bases at Historic Grayson Stadium.

Batchelor, 51, owns the Guinness World Record for the "Longest full-body burn without supplied oxygen" at 2 minutes, 57 seconds, set in Rome, Italy on February 25th, 2010. He and his crew also set the World Record for the "most people on fire simultaneously" at 17, on Pizak Farm in South Russell, OH, on September 20, 2009.

"This is a game-changer," said Sand Gnats President John Katz. "Instead of having our promotions crew do the Cha-Cha Slide between the game and the fireworks, we're going to light a match and make some memories. Some really, really cool memories."

"Hopefully, when he slides into home and the flames are extinguished by his safety crew, one of the umpires will officially call him 'out' and ring him up," added Katz.

August 14 will be an evening jam-packed with promotions, including Marine Corps Appreciation Night, St. Joseph's / Candler Bluffton / Beaufort Community Night and live music pre-game on Land Shark Landing, presented by Live Wire Music Hall.

For more information, or tickets, please visit or call (912) 351-9150.

The Savannah Sand Gnats, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets, is a professional minor league baseball team and a member of the South Atlantic League. Savannah plays its home games at Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah, GA, just minutes from downtown Savannah. Historic Grayson Stadium is situated within Savannah's Daffin Park, creating a unique atmosphere and a "Park within a Park" setting.