Phil Niekro highlights Hot Stove Banquet

  • Monday, December 16, 2013

Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro and former Atlanta Braves All-Star catcher Javy Lopez will be the featured guests at the Charleston RiverDogs 10th annual Hot Stove Banquet and Auction on Jan. 31 in the Charleston Marriott Crystal Ballroom.

Greg Colbrunn, the hitting coach for the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, will join this All-Star lineup. The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual event hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs that brings all baseball fans together to celebrate the magic of America’s Favorite Pastime. These standouts will share behind-the-scenes stories, answer questions and pose for pictures all of which will create memories that last a lifetime.

Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance is the presenting sponsor for the seventh consecutive year. Proceeds from the Hot Stove Banquet benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs and the MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute, which is the RiverDogs’ primary charity.

“The Hot Stove Banquet is one of the premiere baseball banquets in the region and in our 10th year, I believe this will be our best one yet,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner, a table gift and autograph or photo opportunity. Tables of eight with preferred seating are available for $550.

Fans will also have the opportunity to bid on an exclusive meet and greet session with both Niekro and Lopez that will be held on Jan. 31 from 4:15 to 5 p.m. There will be an opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with the two former Braves, and light food and drink will be provided by Kickin’ Chicken. For more information or to bid on the meet and greet, please click here.

Niekro, who was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, had a 24-year career playing for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. He was Nicknamed “Knucksie” for his fluttering knuckle ball that helped him achieve an impressive lifetime record of 318-274. Niekro produced a winning percentage significantly higher than the teams for which he pitched.

Colbrunn, the RiverDogs’ hitting coach for five seasons and manager for another, played in the Major Leagues for 13 years as a first baseman and pinch-hitter. He played for Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners, and was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team in 2001. This past year, he served as the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox and helped lead them to a World Series title. Colbrunn is one of the few in history to have won a World Series ring as a player and a coach.

For tickets and additional information, please contact the RiverDogs at 843-577-DOGS (3647). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.riverdogs.com or www.rileyparkevents.com.

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