Baysox To Host Women's WeekendJune 23, 2008 - Eastern League (EL) Bowie Baysox
The Bowie Baysox, Class AA Minor League Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, will host the first ever "Women's Weekend" of activities and events at all three home games scheduled for this weekend - Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th.
SOAP OPERA NIGHT - Friday, June 27th @ 7:05 pm
The Bowie Baysox will welcome Walt Willey, star of ABC's hit long running Soap Opera All My Children to the Baysox for a special appearance during the game this Friday Night. Walt will be available during the game to meet and greet with Baysox fans. He will be signing free autographs and taking photos with fans throughout the game.
Willey's credits include performances in off-Broadway and regional theater as well as in television. Walt began to concentrate on acting in university plays during his senior year at Southern Illinois, and after touring with an improvisational comedy group, decided to pursue an acting career in New York. He has been playing the part of Jackson Montgomery on All My Children since originating the role in 1987.
When not appearing on "All My Children," Walt performs as a stand-up comic and pursues his interest in art, doing cartoons and his own line of tee-shirts.
He was a People's Choice Award nominee in 1992, and was named All My Children's 'Most Valuable Player' by Soap Opera Update's Reader's Poll. He was again awarded this honor in 1993. Also in 1993, Walt co-hosted, with Susan Lucci, the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards presentation.
ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE TRIBUTE - Saturday, June 28th @ 7:05 pm
The Bowie Baysox will honor a part of baseball history as members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) are welcomed back to Prince George's Stadium this Saturday Night. This marks the second year that the Baysox have honored this special group of ladies.
The AAGPBL was immortalized in the hit 1992 movie A League Of Their Own starring Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis and Madonna and directed by Penny Marshall.
The Baysox will welcome and honor six former AAGPBL Players to Prince George's Stadium on Saturday night:
- Jean Faut - 1946 - 1953 South Bend Blue Sox Overall, Faut had a career record of 140-64 with a 1.23 ERA in the regular season, allowing 1,093 hits in 1,780 innings. In the postseason, she went 9-7 with a 1.43 ERA and 87 hits allowed in 170 innings. She has been described as the best pitcher the AAGPBL had ever seen over the duration of her long playing career.
- Gloria Elliott (Cordes) - 1950 - Racine Belles, Kalamazoo Lassies, Muskegon Lassies, 1951 - Kalamazoo Lassies, Battle Creek Belles, 1952 - 1954 All Star Team, Kalamazoo Lassies. Overall in her AAGPBL career, Cordes compiled a 49-51 record with a 2.82 ERA for Kalamazoo, Racine, Battle Creek & the All-Star Team.
- Sarah "Salty" Ferguson - 1953-1954 Rockford Peaches Sarah Jane "Salty" Ferguson, who played under her maiden name of Sands, unfortunately didn't reach the All American Girls Professional Baseball League until 1953, its next-to-final season. She played in both of the final two years for the Rockford Peaches, the team depicted in "A League Of Their Own".
- Ruth Hartman (Kramer) - 1948 - Fort Wayne Daisies, Racine Belles, 1949 - Fort Wayne Daisies A pitcher and infielder during her playing days, Ruth took part in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum's 2006 dedication of "Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball", an updated version of an exhibit on the history of women in baseball that has been on display in Cooperstown since 1988.
- Joanne McComb - 1950 - Springfield Sallies
- Gertrude "Gertie" Benner - 1949 - Springfield Sallies & 1950 - Chicago Colleens & Kalamazoo Lassies
All six former AAGPBL Players will be honored in ceremonies prior to the Baysox game against the Altoona Curve on Saturday night. Following the National Anthem, all six players will be positioned at meet and greet locations around the stadium concourse level. Players will be available for autographs and photos with fans throughout the game.
PINK IN THE PARK DAY - A WOMEN'S CANCER AWARENESS EVENT - Sunday, June 29th @ 6:05 pm
The Bowie Baysox will host the third annual "Pink In The Park" day, A Women's Cancer Awareness Event - sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital, on Sunday, June 29th when the Baysox take on the Altoona Curve at 6:05 pm. The first 1,000 female fans to enter the stadium that day will receive a specially designed pink Baysox Logo tote bag, while the players will take the field in one-of-a-kind pink Baysox Jerseys.
In partnership with Holy Cross Hospital, this event is designed to bring Women's Cancer Awareness and the importance of routine check-ups and exams to a public forum. Through this event, fans will receive educational information and opportunities for personal consultation regarding Women's Cancer Awareness.
Prior to the game, the Baysox and Holy Cross Hospital will conduct special ceremonies recognizing and honoring women's cancer survivors, volunteers and doctors that have been influential in this region for their efforts with Cancer treatment, awareness and prevention. More information on Holy Cross Hospital can be found by visiting www.holycrosshealth.org.
Fans are encouraged to show their support for this event by wearing their own pink apparel to the game on Sunday, June 29th. The one-of-a-kind Game Worn Pink Baysox jerseys will be auctioned during the game and taken right off the player's backs after the game, with auction proceeds benefiting the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute Fund.
"The Bowie Baysox are honored to be able to work with Holy Cross Hospital once again to use our public forum as a Minor League Baseball organization to bring attention to a very important cause." said Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross. "We hope that by utilizing our stadium and this annual event to help spread the word about Women's Cancer awareness, we can make a difference in the fight for a cure."
The Inaugural "Pink In The Park" event on Sunday, May 7th, 2006, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital and Maryland Regional Cancer Care Center, helped to raise over $11,000 in Game Worn Jersey Auction Proceeds for the Holy Cross Hospital Breast Center Fund. Last season, over $8,000 was raised in Jersey Auction proceeds, bringing the two-year total to nearly $20,000 that has been raised to support early breast cancer detection and smoking cessation programs through the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute Fund.
Tickets and information for all Bowie Baysox Women's Weekend event activities can be found online at www.baysox.com or by calling the Bowie Baysox offices at 301.805.6000. Tickets for all Bowie Baysox home games start at just $6.00 and parking is Free.
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