ATLANTA (December 13) – Popular ESPN Major League Baseball analyst Peter Gammons will be the featured speaker at Georgia Tech’s annual Baseball Benefit Dinner on Feb. 2.
Gammons, who has been a correspondent for ESPN since 1988, has also written numerous baseball columns for both the Boston Globe and Baseball America. He was voted the National Sportswriter of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1993 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Several former Georgia Tech standouts, including shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and catcher Jason Varitek of the Boston Red Sox, outfielder Jay Payton of the New York Mets, and pitcher Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are expected to attend the dinner.
Gammons continues a tradition of well-known baseball figures to speak at the dinner, including Boston Red Sox manager Jimy Williams last year. Major league managers Joe Torre of the New York Yankees, Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Sparky Anderson of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, as well as major league general managers John Schuerholz of the Atlanta Braves and Cam Bonifay of the Pittsburgh Pirates have also been featured.
The annual dinner and auction, with proceeds to benefit the Georgia Tech baseball program, is being held at the Atlanta Hilton in the Grand Ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The cost is $65 per person and $585 for a table of 10. The evening includes silent and live auctions, as well as the introduction of the entire Tech team, which is expected to be ranked among the top five in the nation in the pre-season polls.
Also on tap for the weekend is the annual Georgia Tech Alumni Game and cookout at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Russ Chandler Stadium. Admission to the game is free, however, there is a $7 charge for the cookout.
Tickets to both events must be purchased by Jan. 26. To buy tickets or get more information, contact Chris Cowan in the Georgia Tech Sports Marketing Office at (404) 894-4400.