The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian has been added to the guest list for the 13th Annual Hot Stove Banquet to be held on Wednesday, January 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.
The event is presented in part by Panda Patriot Power, River Valley Transit, WRAK 1400AM, and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Guests already announced include former Phillies outfielder Gary "Sarge" Matthews and from the Academy Award nominated movie "Field of Dreams", actor Dwier Brown. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity. .
Kurkjian has covered baseball since 1978 and has been a baseball writer, reporter, analyst and host at ESPN since 1998. A senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he has been a regular on Baseball Tonight and Sportscenter. Kurkjian has been part of ESPN's coverage of the MLB Little League Classic the last two years at Williamsport's BB&T Ballpark.. He has authored three books, including his latest, I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love.
Matthews, a first round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1968, hit .281 in his 16-year major league career with 234 home runs and 978 RBI's. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1973 with the San Francisco Giants and the MVP of the National League Championship Series in 1983 with the Phillies. After his playing and coaching career, he was a popular broadcaster for the Phillies from 2007-2013.
Brown, an actor for 37 years, has appeared in hundreds of films, plays and televisions shows, but it was his role as Kevin Costner's father, John Kinsella, in "Field of Dreams" that changed his life.
The evening will consist of dinner, live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia plus interviews and question and answer segments with the special guests. Additionally, Brown will speak about the making of "Field of Dreams" and the special bond between fathers, sons and the game of baseball. Other highlights include the inductions of the latest members to the Bowman Field Hall of Fame and the Lycoming County Sports Walk. Those inductees are expected to be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.
The ballroom doors open at 5:30 PM with the event kicking off at 6:30 PM. An autograph session will take place at the close of evening.
Tickets are $59 per person and can be ordered online using the link below, or by calling the Cutters at (570) 326-3389. This event is a virtual sell-out every year, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Reserved seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis as tickets are ordered. Business sponsorships for the event are also available.
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