Jan. 21, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball program will host its first annual Lead-Off Dinner on February 13, 2010. The inaugural event will feature keynote speaker Jamie Moyer '85, starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and one of two Hawk baseball players to reach the major leagues. The dinner will be held on campus at the Campion Banquet Center.
Moyer and his teammates from the 1982 Saint Joseph's baseball team will be honored that evening, as will former head coach and 1962 graduate Harry Booth. His accomplishments will be honored with the presentation of the first-ever Harry Booth Award for outstanding dedication to and support of the Saint Joseph's baseball program. SJU Hall of Famer Gerry Hunsicker `71, former Hawk baseball player and current Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, will be on hand to present the award named for his coach during his days on Hawk Hill.
The event will also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Saint Joseph's baseball program. The first Hawk varsity baseball team took to the diamond in the spring of 1910. A video detailing the history of the program will be shown after dinner.
A native of Sellersville, Pa., Moyer, elected to the SJU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999, is the only Saint Joseph's baseball player to have his number (10) retired. He holds the school record for strikeouts in a season, fanning 90 hitters in 1984. He was a sixth-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs that year and made his major league debut in 1986, earning the victory as the Cubs defeated the Phillies and Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.
He will begin his 24th season in the big leagues in 2010 with 258 career wins and almost 4,000 innings pitched. He was a member of the Phillies' 2008 world championship team and has received numerous accolades for his community service work. Most recently, he and wife Karen received honorary doctorates from Saint Joseph's for their work with the Moyer Foundation, an organization dedicated to offering comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional or financial distress.
The dinner will be preceded by a reception, beginning at 6:00 p.m. In addition to the night's honorees, the 2010 SJU baseball team will be introduced. The Hawks will play their first game of the season February 26 at The Citadel.
For more information, contact Becky Jurich at 610-660-3228 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.