George Culver Retirement Night Monday August 23rd

August 22, 2010 2:53 PM

George Culver Retirement Night Monday August 23rd

Pre-game ceremony to begin at 6:55PM

Bakersfield, CA -The Bakersfield Blaze announced today they will honor former big league pitcher, Bakersfield Outlaws Manager, and current Dodgers pitching coach George Culver before Monday's game. Monday will mark Culver's final game as a Dodgers pitching coach as he will begin his retirement from professional baseball.

"We are so excited to honor George and all he has done for baseball and the Bakersfield community", said Blaze General Manager, Justin Kozubal. "George is not only a well known baseball man, but he's also a well respected advocate for the Bakersfield community and we couldn't be happier to have him coach his final game at Historic Sam Lynn Ballpark".

Culver was selected by the New York Yankees in 1963 and made his pro debut for the Cleveland Indians September 7, 1966. George enjoyed an 11 year career pitching for the Indians, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies. Culver posted a 48-49 overall record with a 3.62 ERA and 451 strike-outs. George pitched a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds on July 29th, 1968. After his playing career, George spent time as a minor league manager including a stint as the skipper of the Bakersfield Outlaws in 1978. He has since dedicated over 30 years to serving as an advocate for baseball and his community, helping raise funds for various programs and organizations.

A pre-game ceremony honoring George will begin at 6:55PM and fans are encouraged to show up early. Game time is at 7:15pm and gates open at 6:15pm.

The Bakersfield Blaze is a charter member of the California League, and the Class-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Blaze play 70 regular season home games in Historic Sam Lynn Ballpark which is entering its 69th year. Tickets are now on sale. For more information call (661) 716-4487 or go to www.bakersfieldblaze.com to see a full promotional schedule.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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