January 15, 2014 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Officials from Ryan Sanders Baseball & Entertainment announced today a one-of-a-kind event that will kick-off this year's H-E-B Big League Weekend. Leading up to the two-game Major League Baseball exhibition weekend, the Big League Weekend "Hall of Fame" Luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk on Thursday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Guests will get to meet and mingle with some of the greatest Hall of Fame members of all time, including:
Nolan Ryan - Was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 by the second highest percentage of all time (98.79%). Owns several baseball records including the all-time marks for strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (7). Lou Brock - Elected into the Hall of Fame in 1985, Brock broke Ty Cobb's all-time stolen base record finishing with 938. Also a member of the 3,000 hit club, Brock was the first batter ever in a regular season MLB game in the State of Texas. Gaylord Perry - A member of both the 300 win and 3,000 strikeout club (like Ryan), Perry was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1991. A five-time All-Star, he was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league. Ferguson Jenkins - Along with Perry, was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. He won the Cy Young Award in 1971 and struck out over 3,000 batters during his 19-year career. The 3-time All Star also played basketball in the offseason as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
In addition to these current MLB Hall of Famers, another almost certain "first ballot" Hall of Famer will be on hand. Former Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez retired at the end of the 2011 season and won't be eligible until 2016. Rodriguez won the AL MVP award in 1999 as is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all time. He broke Carlton Fisk's record for most games by a catcher (2,227), and has the best caught stealing percentage of any in history (45.68%).
Other former Rangers and Astros greats are expected to attend the luncheon and will be announced, as the event gets closer.
As part of their ongoing efforts to provide community service outreach and support to area non-profits, Ryan Sanders Baseball and Big League Weekend have committed to being great corporate citizens. A portion of proceeds from the Hall of Fame Luncheon will serve to benefit a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of San Antonians and baseball fans alike-helping The ALS Association Texas Chapter to provide programs and services to those suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The ALS Association Texas Chapter provides critical programs at no charge to ALS families and caregivers. Programs include clinic support, connection and support group meetings, equipment loans, advocacy and supporting research that help with treatments and eventually a cure.
Pre-luncheon activities on March 27 include media opportunities as well as a VIP reception. Table sales are occurring now for the luncheon and can be purchased through the Big League Weekend website.
In addition to the Hall of Fame Luncheon as a part of H-E-B Big League Weekend, Ryan Sanders Baseball has other special activities planned around this year's event. A new element is the "Big League Weekend Sports Collectibles Show," hosted by Sports Collectibles of Houston. Located on the South End Club Level of the Alamodome, collectors and fans can buy and sell sports cards, autographs and memorabilia with dealers from all over the Southwest.
The show also offers free appraisals, so fans can find out what their old sports items are worth. Many one-of-a-kind collectibles-including items from Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and other sports legends-will be on display. Admission to the Sports Collectibles Show is free with a game ticket each day.
To purchase a table at the Hall of Fame Luncheon or for more information on H-E-B Big League Weekend and the Sports Collectibles Show, go to www.bigleagueweekend.com. Individual ticket sales to the Hall of Fame Luncheon are not available at this time.