Dignitaries abound at baseball banquet
by Brenda Gibson
PDT Staff Writer
The ninth Annual Portsmouth Murals Baseball Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the SOMC Friends Center. According to Bob Morton an event organizer, the banquet will feature something for everyone.
It was recently announced that Director of Umpiring for Major League Baseball Randy Marsh, will be this year’s keynote speaker.
According to released information, Marsh is a former umpire for Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1981 to 1999, and throughout both leagues in 2000 to 2009. He umpired the World Series Games in 1990, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2006, serving as crew chief fir the last three of these series.
Morton said some of the baseball dignitaries scheduled to attend include, Jim Lett, bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals and Willie Blair bullpen coach recently hired for the San Diego Padres.
Morton said this will be the first time two major league bullpen coaches will be in attendance at the banquet.
He said among the others who are anticipated to be in attendance include, Greg Gibson, the family of Pat Borders and members of the state championship Wheelersburg baseball team will be in attendance and introduced during the ceremony.
Morton said, Tim Maxey, fitness coach for Major League Baseball is expected to be in attendance.
“Tim is a graduate of Notre Dame here in Portsmouth,” Morton said.
Others include, Gene Bennett, retired Senior Special Assistant to the Cincinnati Reds General Manager; Al Oliver, former Pittsburgh Pirates player; Don Gullett, former pitcher and pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds among many others.
Over the nine year history of the banquet it has gained in popularity.
“We started at the welcome center but, out grew that. Now it’s held at the Friends Center and we normally fill it up,” Morton said. “We would like for people to think about the banquet early and consider giving banquet tickets as a Christmas gift.”
He said all of the money raised at the banquet is used for maintenance and upkeep of the murals located along Front Street in Portsmouth.
Morton said as a part of the event a silent auction will be held to help raise additional funds for the organization.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Scioto County Welcome Center,
For more information call the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-353-7647.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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