CHARLESTON, S.C. - The 8th annual Charleston RiverDogs Hot Stove Banquet will be held Friday, Jan. 27 at The Crystal Ballroom of the Charleston Marriott and will benefit College of Charleston Baseball, MUSC Storm Eye Institute and The Citadel. This year's event is sponsored by Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance and Bennett Hospitality and the featured speaker will be former Atlanta Braves legend, John Smoltz.
The reception begins at 6 pm with the dinner starting at 7 o'clock. Tickets are $65 per person if you purchase before December 23rd, and will be $75 after December 23rd. All tickets for the banquet include dinner and beverages. Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $550.
Currently a sportscaster for WTBS and TNT, Smoltz is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Braves. Though predominantly a starter, Smoltz was converted to a relief pitcher in 2001, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and spent four season's as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season (the other being Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). Smoltz is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves, and became the 16th member of the 3,000 career strikeout club on April 22, 2008.
During his illustrious career, Smoltz was an All-Star eight times and was a member of the 1995 World Series team. He captured the 1996 National League Cy Young Award and was the 1992 NLCS most valuable player. Smoltz was the 2002 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and in 2005 he received the Roberto Clemente Award and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Two years later, he brought home the Branch Rickey Award.
Previous speakers for the Hot Stove Banquets were former New York Yankees Bobby Richardson and John Blanchard, Jim Bouton and Tommy John, former Brave and current Kansas City Royal Jeff Francoeur, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, the ever-popular Dale Murphy and former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox.
For tickets and additional information, please contact Melissa Azevedo at (843) 577-DOGS (3647). Please complete and return the attached order form to reserve your seats. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverDogs.com or www.RileyParkEvents.com.