DeBriyn May Miss Pagnozzi Event

FAYETTEVILLE -- A familiar face may be missing from the 13th annual Tom Pagnozzi Charities Golf Tournament at Paradise Valley Athletic Club today and Saturday.

Norm DeBriyn, who coached Arkansas' baseball team to 1,161 wins from 1970-2002, underwent a heart procedure this week and will probably confine his weekend activities to brief appearances at the Pagnozzi banquet and auction.

DeBriyn, 62, underwent what he thought were routine medical tests on Monday, only to learn that he had more than 70 percent blockage in two arteries.

"They put in a couple of stents," said DeBriyn, who was already back to work briefly on Thursday at the Razorback Foundation. "I had planned to play in the golf tournament this weekend with some old college roommates, but I'd better just rest and come by to say hello."

The medical tests were a follow-up to a kidney stone problem that DeBriyn had this past summer in Hawaii, and the discovery then that he had atrial fibrillation.

Pagnozzi, a former Razorback player, played 12 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 42-year-old has spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant at Arkansas and has been mentioned as a possible executive for the new Washington, D.C., team in major league baseball.

He has assembled more than 100 items for the memorabilia auction and banquet beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fayetteville Town Center, and has arranged for former big league relief pitcher and current St. Louis Cardinals TV analayst Al Hrabosky to be the featured speaker.

Former UA baseball players Kevin McReynolds, Dan Wright, Rodney Nye, Matt Riethmaier and Ralph Bradbury will be on hand, among 270 golfers who will play 18 holes at PVAC in one of three sessions: this morning, this afternoon or Saturday morning.

Wright, a Chicago White Sox pitcher who missed this season following elbow surgery, underwent additional surgery on Tuesday but hopes to make an appearance at the Pagnozzi events by Saturday.

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