Marbut orchestrates a dinner for the ages

THE LACK OF BUZZ around the Cougar Nation for what is shaping up to be one of the most memorable crimson get-togethers ever leads me to nelieve you either don't know about it or don't know what big a deal it's going to be. On March 31 in Bellevue, WSU baseball coach Donnie Marbut is hosting a dinner for Cougar fans and the guest-of-honor list is downright head turning.

From John Olerud to Ron Cey, it's a Who's Who of the greatest WSU baseballers of the last 50 years.

Olerud, the former Blue Jays, Mets and Mariners star who was the 1988 College Player of the Year, will serve as keynote speaker for this star-studded affair that will reunite Bobo Brayton with many of his standouts from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Cey played 17 seasons in the Majors and was a perennial All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He slugged more than 300 homers in his career was the MVP of the 1981 World Series.

And that's just the beginning. Three of the four starting pitchers Brayton picked as the greatest from his 30-plus years at the Cougar helm will also be there: Joe McIntosh, Rick Austin and Eric Wilkins. (Of note: the No.1 pitcher from the Brayton era, former Mets and Braves standout Danny Frisella, is no longer with us. He was killed in a dune buggy accident in the mid 1970s).

In all, three dozen CouGreats are expected.

Cocktails and silent auction start at 5:30, with dinner and program kicking off at 7. The cost is $100 per person -- or just $65 per person if your're 30-years-old or younger.

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The Cougars will follow up the March 31 dinner in Bellevue with a three-game series against the Huskies on April 1,2 and 3.

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