Buzz help win charity softball game

October 17, 2005 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Maywood Buzz News Release

Compton, CA. When the ABA Orange County Buzz new center, Keith Closs and GM Burrel Lee II, stepped on the field, they knew they were about to experience a fun-filled day. On Saturday, October 15th, the City of Compton held its Annual City Celebration Fair at Gonzales Park. That afternoon, the OC Buzz teamed with the Captain of Compton Sheriff, the Fire Chief, Boston Red Sox great Fred Jordan, Coco Crisp and Brandon Phillips, both starters with the Cleveland Indians. They played against the Sam Watson All-Stars led by Washington Nationals Brandon Watson, actors Anthony Anderson, TC Carter, Kal Mitchell, former Cincinnati Red Eric Davis and others.

"This was the first time I was ever considered a celebrity. I know coaching in the ABA has its perks and this was a great bonus. We played in front of almost 2000 people including various media and we had a great time. It was incredible being on the same field with these accomplished people," stated Lee. "We played at Jackie Robinson Stadium (Gonzales Park) in Compton and it was an enjoyable and memorable event. The City of Compton did a great job and I was happy to be a part of it all."

The program benefitted the Compton Baseball Academy Teams (CBATS) which was started many years ago by Gerald Pickets "G" who has been running youth baseball for over 25 years. Each month, the Buzz will present a person in the communities around the team's playing area with a plaque. The person will also be the team's 13th man and the entire CBATs program will be invited to the game. In October, it will be Geral Pickets from the CBATS. The Buzz will have all members of the CBATS program, its players, coaches and staff at its home game on Monday, November 28th vs Beijing.

Lee added, "G" is a good man and we really want to do something special for him. It will be a great evening of fun, and who knows, he might get in the game." For more information, visit, email, call 310 493 4391 or for information on CBATS, visit or email or visit

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