TCU First Pitch Banquet

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle and TCU baseball are set to host the sixth annual First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 6 at Ridglea Country Club.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 28, 2008) - Head coach Jim Schlossnagle and TCU baseball are set to host the sixth annual First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 6 at Ridglea Country Club. The banquet will provide fans the opportunity to meet the 2009 TCU Horned Frogs as well as interact with the coaching staff. Key note speaker at the event will be former American League president, Dr. Bobby Brown, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 pm.

Dr. Brown served as the president of the American League from 1984-1994. He was appointed to the post after serving as the vice president of the Texas Rangers. He appeared in 548 career games for the New York Yankees and appeared in four World Series (1947, 49-51), posting a .479 batting average in 17 World Series games. The Yankees were victorious in each of those years, giving Brown four World Series championships in his career. He was a lifetime .279 hitter with 22 home runs.

In addition to his baseball career, Dr. Brown also served the Ft. Worth area as a successful cardiologist and continues to serve the community as an active member of several charity boards. Dr. Brown adds his name to an impressive group of significant members of the baseball community that have been honored at past First Pitch Banquets, including Nolan Ryan, Tommy Lasorda, Buck Showalter, Mark Teixeira, Ron Washington and Jon Daniels.

"Dr. Brown is, without question, one of the most honorable and intriguing people I have ever met," raved Schlossnagle. "He has had success at the highest level in virtually every possible facet of life both personally and professionally. To have him be a fellow Fort Worth resident and TCU supporter is a great thing. This is a tremendous opportunity for everyone, including our players and fans, to honor a true Fort Worth and baseball treasure."

There will be a TCU Baseball Alumni reception immediately following the First Pitch Banquet at Cafe Aspen in Fort Worth. The reception is open to former TCU Baseball players and their wives only.

"This has been a great event on the TCU calendar and I trust that all TCU fans as well as the Fort Worth community will make plans to show up on February 6 and support our players and program."

Cost for the banquet is set at $100 per seat or $1,000 for a table of 10. Dress for the event calls for business attire. Proceeds will go to supporting the TCU baseball team with scholarships, equipment and travel aid. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to Derek Hassell by Feb. 2 at 817-257-5155 or Alumni interested in attending the Alumni reception are also asked to RSVP to Derek Hassell by Feb 2.

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