The West Haven Twilight League will host its annual Hot Stove Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. at West River Hall. Don’t miss your chance to talk baseball and gain insight into the game from national baseball personalities.
John Stuper – Yale baseball had a terrific season, winning the Ivy League Championship and two games in the NCAA regionals. As a result, Coach Stuper was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Coach of the Year as well as Ivy League and New England Coach of the Year.
Adam Greenberg – Adam made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 2005, but was struck in the head by a pitch in his first at bat, transforming his baseball career. Greenberg continued to play in the minor leagues and returned to the majors for a single at bat with the Marlins in 2012. He recently released the book Get Up: The Art of Perseverance, detailing his return to baseball and his outlook on life.
Ken MacKenzie – A member of the original 1962 New York Mets, MacKenzie played in six seasons in the Major Leagues. In addition to the Mets, he spent time in the big leagues with the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, and Houston Astros. In the Mets 120-loss inaugural season, Ken posted a winning record, going 5-4 in 42 appearances.
George Grande – Former Major League Baseball TV play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. George served for more than two decades as the Master of Ceremonies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Hosted the very first broadcast of ESPN’s SportsCenter in 1979.
Frank “Porky” Vieira – In 44 seasons, the Legendary University of New Haven baseball coach won an all-time record of 1,127-324-6 including a string of 42 straight winning seasons from 1963 to 2004. Under Vieira, UNH produced more than 75 professional players, including 10 who advanced to Major League Baseball.
Rich Marazzi – Considered by many to be the country’s foremost baseball rules expert, Marazzi serves as the rules consultant for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros. His Rule Ball presentations enlighten baseball teams, executives, and fans around the country.
Tickets are available for $30 each at WHTL.org. For more information, contact Vin DiLauro at (203) 865-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.