The Hagerstown Suns, along with the whole South Atlantic League, will be retiring the number 50 in honor of league President Emeritus John Henry Moss. The Suns, with Moss in attendance, will retire the number on Friday, prior to the game between the Suns and the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Before becoming President Emeritus, Moss served as League President from 1959-2007.
Along with the number-retiring ceremony, the Suns will be honoring Moss with a bronze plaque to be placed in Municipal Stadium, highlighting his 50 years of service to the South Atlantic League.
Moss, who re-organized the Western Carolinas League in 1959 into what would later become the South Atlantic League, will be on hand at Municipal Stadium on Friday in his season-long tour of all 16 SAL ballparks.
A limited number of John Henry Moss bobblehead dolls and autographed baseballs will be given away to fans during the game. Mr. Moss will also be available for a limited time to sign autographs for fans.
The number 50 is just the second number to be retired league-wide in the SAL, following Jackie Robinson's 42, which was retired by all of Minor League Baseball in 1997. The Suns have also retired the number 24 in honor of Willie Mays, who played his first professional baseball game at Municipal Stadium on June 25, 1950.
The game between the Suns and the Shorebirds will take place at 6:35 p.m. gates will open at 5:35 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Municipal Stadium, online at www.hagerstownsuns.com, or by calling 301-791-6266.
The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling the Suns at 301-791-6266. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.
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