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2006 News > 1/19/06


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The 17th annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. This year's dinner will honor the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Jon Miller and ABC Sports broadcaster Gary Thorne will host the event.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola Sr. will be honored with the 2006 Big BAT/Frank Slocum Award for exemplary service to the B.A.T. organization. Garagiola's generosity has been instrumental in helping provide much needed support to numerous members of the baseball family. New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine will receive the 2006 Bart Giamatti Award, which is presented annually to the individual associated with the baseball community who best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated by the late Baseball Commissioner. Fred Wilpon, Chairman and CEO of the New York Mets, is the 2006 Honorary "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" Chairman.

Nearly 20 members of the 1986 Mets are scheduled to attend the "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" including, Gary Carter, Ron Darling, Lenny Dykstra, Sid Fernandez, George Foster, Bud Harrelson, Keith Hernandez, Davey Johnson, Howard Johnson, Lee Mazilli, Kevin Mitchell and Darryl Strawberry. In addition, more than 125 former players, including several members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, are scheduled to attend the "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner." This includes: Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Marc Fidrych, Fergie Jenkins, Tommy John, Cleon Jones, Don Larsen, Tim McCarver, Gene Michael, Bobby Murcer, Jim Palmer and Bob Watson.

The "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" annually draws as many as 150 current and former players and gives fans the opportunity to interact with Major League Baseball players while raising money to assist members of the baseball family who have fallen on hard times. The "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" includes a cocktail hour at which attendees have the opportunity to meet and obtain autographs from the former players. In addition, players are seated with guests at each table during the dinner and awards presentation.

Individual tickets for the event are $600. Player-hosted tables of ten are available for $6,000 (current or former player) and $12,000 ("VIP" player). To purchase a table, individual tickets, or to make a donation, contact B.A.T. at (212) 931-7822. All proceeds from the dinner go to B.A.T., which is dedicated to supporting members of the baseball family who have fallen on hard times and are in need of financial or medical assistance.

B.A.T. is unique among the major sports leagues. Founded in 1986 by then-Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and a group of former players and Major League Baseball, B.A.T. is the only formal initiative dedicated to assisting former players. B.A.T.'s assistance takes a variety of forms including financial grants, healthcare programs and rehabilitative counseling. In addition to assisting ex-Major League players, B.A.T. also offers support to former Major League managers, coaches, scouts, umpires, front office personnel, Minor League players, Negro League players, their widows and children and players from the Women's Professional Baseball League. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential, allowing those in the need to receive help discreetly.

Through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals, B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people who are unable to help themselves. B.A.T., a 501-(c) 3 charitable organization, has awarded more than $14 million in grants to date, benefiting more than 1,900 members of the baseball family.