George Steinbrenner will be honored at this year’s B.A.T. fundraising dinner. Here’s the announcement passed along by the Yankees.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) will celebrate the legacy of the late owner of the New York Yankees George M. Steinbrenner III as it hosts its 22nd annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner Presented by Natural Balance Pet Foods” on January 25th at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Founded in 1986, B.A.T. is dedicated to assisting members of the Baseball Family through financial grants, healthcare programs and rehabilitative counseling. More than $23 million in grants have been awarded to date, benefiting more than 2,700 members of the Baseball Family.
Baltimore Orioles broadcaster and B.A.T. Board Member Gary Thorne will emcee the event, and Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will serve as the Dinner Chairman. More than 30 former Yankees, including Hall of Famer’s Rickey Henderson, Whitey Ford and Goose Gossage along with Darryl Strawberry, Mike Pagliarulo and Jesse Barfield are expected to be on hand to celebrate the legacy of Steinbrenner, affectionately called “The Boss.” Additional members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that are scheduled to be present include, Hank Aaron, Ralph Kiner, Earl Weaver, Gary Carter, Frank Robinson, and Orlando Cepeda.
“We are honored to pay tribute to the legacy of one of Baseball’s most successful and legendary owners in George M. Steinbrenner III,” said B.A.T. Executive Director Joseph Grippo. “The Steinbrenner family and the New York Yankees have been, and continue to be, tremendous supporters of the B.A.T. organization, and we are grateful their contributions over the years. I would also specifically like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bob Watson for their dedication to helping the Baseball Family and to the community. The Baseball Assistance Team is proud to celebrate their support at this year’s Dinner.”
A special award is given at the Dinner each year: the Big BAT/Frank Slocum Award. Former All-Star First Baseman and General Manager Bob Watson will be presented with the 2010 Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award for his continuous support and generosity to the B.A.T. organization.
The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be recognized as the recipients of the annual Bobby Murcer Award. In 2009, B.A.T. established the award in honor of the late B.A.T. Chairman, MLB All-Star and Yankees legend. The award is presented to the team in both the American League and National League whose players contribute the most amount of money to B.A.T. through the B.A.T. Payroll Deduction Program that year. Bobby’s wife Kay Murcer will present the awards.
In addition to Hall of Famers and former Yankees, more than 100 former players are expected to attend, including Roberto Alomar, Steve Garvey, Frank Catalanotto, Randy Winn and Brett Butler. Other former New York players Bud Harrelson, John Franco, Cleon Jones, Howard Johnson, Rusty Staub and Ron Swoboda are also scheduled to be in attendance.