UPDATE: 1/16/16 - Former Citadel pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will also participate in the event. The Beaufort native currently pitches for the Houston Astros.
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Since 2005, the Charleston RiverDogs organization has held an off-season Hot Stove Banquet & Auction featuring some of the biggest names in baseball. The 12th edition of the event will be no different as Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg will be this year’s featured speaker.
The banquet will be held on Friday, January 22nd at the Charleston Marriott's Crystal Ballroom. During the event, the former Chicago Cubs infielder and Philadelphia Phillies manager will share behind-the-scenes stories, answer questions, and pose for pictures with attendees.
It will begin at 6 pm and tickets are $70 per person (tables of eight with preferred seating are $680). Admission includes dinner, a table gift and an autograph or photo opportunity. Proceeds from the Hot Stove Banquet benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs in addition to the Singleton Memorial Fund.
The Singleton Memorial Fund is in memory of Chris Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who was one of the nine individuals killed on June 17, 2015 at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. Chris is a member of the Charleston Southern baseball team, and funds will be used to meet Chris’s educational expenses. Any remaining funds will be applied to the planned CSU Baseball enrichment center in memory of his mother.
Earlier that afternoon, the RiverDogs will also host a Meet & Greet with Sandberg. There will be weekly opportunities for fans to bid on tickets on riverdogs.com.
Here are some of Sandberg's career highlights:
- Enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2005
- The Cubs retired his jersey
- 10-time All-Star selection
- 9-time Gold Glove Award recipient
- 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner
- Led the National League in 1990 with 40 home runs
- 1990 Home Run Derby champion
For additional information or to purchase tickets, you can call the RiverDogs at (843) 577-DOGS (3647). You can also purchase tickets online.