Chicago Cubs Coach Brandon Hyde to Headline First Pitch Banquet

The World Series Champion coach will join Notre Dame Softball Coach Deanna Gumpf and former Minor League Manager Mark Haley in a Q&A discussion.

Chicago Cubs coach Brandon Hyde high-fives Ian Happ at an afternoon game at Wrigley Field. (Stephen Green)

By South Bend Cubs | December 15, 2017 9:01 AM

SOUTH BEND, IN - Newly promoted Chicago Cubs Bench Coach Brandon Hyde will headline the South Bend Cubs Foundation's First Pitch Banquet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The banquet will be held at the 1st Source Bank Performance Center at Four Winds Field. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

Joining Hyde will be Notre Dame Softball Coach Deanna Gumpf, former professional softball player and current Softball Coordinator for the 1st Source Bank Performance Center Ashley Burkhardt, and Director of Training and Instruction for the 1st Source Bank Performance Center Mark Haley. South Bend Cubs Radio Broadcaster Darin Pritchett will moderate the discussion with On-Field Host and radio personality Mark McGill taking questions from the audience. 

"We're excited to kick off the 2018 baseball and softball seasons with two amazing coaches," said Haley. "This banquet will not only provide a unique insight for young baseball and softball players, but it is our kick-off event and fundraiser for the South Bend Cubs Foundation."

The South Bend Cubs Foundation was established to mentor young athletes on and off the diamond. Foundation programs include the Cubs 1st Academy, Coaches Club, Prep League, and an avenue to provide exposure for advanced student athletes to college and professional evaluators. 

"Our goal with the South Bend Cubs Foundation is to help our area student athletes and coaches improve the communities they serve. Playing baseball at this level isn't just about the athletic contest. It's about character building, developing young people into role models and leaders of our community."

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. A ballpark style dinner is included in the ticket price and seating is limited to 250 guests. 

First Pitch Banquet tickets go on sale Monday, December 26 at 10:00a.m. at the 1st Source Bank Performance Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the South Bend Cubs Main Office during regular business hours beginning January 2.

About the South Bend Cubs

The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 30 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2005, and has captured 12 division titles. This year, Four Winds Field, home of the Cubs, was named Ballpark Digest's Best Single-A ballpark. In 2015, the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose sole shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill. 

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

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