A SMALL SAMPLING OF PAST EVENTS
Historic Washington Park Santa Clara, CA
August 17-19, 2013
Major League World Series alumni donned their spikes to play for a championship once again--this time for a vintge base ball title. The former greats teamed up with four of the best vintage clubs from around the United States, connecting the game of yesteryear with the game of today. Kevin Mitchell, Dmitri Young, Mike “Tiny” Felder, Mike Remlinger, Mark "Hard Hittin" Whiten, Brian "Lightning" Hunter, Fred Breining, and Ron Robinson each played as a full fledged team member of one of the participating teams over a fantastic three day, seven game tournament which filled the historical ball park where Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig once played. Comradarie was at a pinnacle on and off the field, even including an evening Corn Hole Tournament. "Hard Hittin" Whiten was in rare form, stepping up to provide impromptu play-by-play commentary.
Dates and location of this year's Vintage World Series TBA
Tempe Diable Stadium Tempe, AZ
October 28, 2012
When the off season rolls around and you miss the diamond’s sights and sounds, what better way to spend an afternoon than catching the players you loved as a kid, mixing it up with the players your kids love today? 10-Star Apparel and Zoot thought so too, combining forces to bring an autumn 2012 Legends game to the Angels’ spring training complex in Arizona. Current fan favorite and Red Sox World Series winning hero, Jonny Gomes, side by side with Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, took the field with fellow Legends Rollie Fingers, Kevin Mitchell, Tony Phillips, Bob Welch, Mike Remlinger, Duffy Dyer, Chris Richard, Brian Hunter, and many others. ESPN radio star and NFL Hall of Famer Nick Lowery did honors as emcee, while Grammy award winner George Benson highlighted the pregame musical ceremonies. And in this rendition of the Showdown, the entire roster of the team challenging the Legends was made up of community donors. A roster of twenty guys all stepped up to the plate to contribute and play. Not only did they become members of the MLB alumni community, sharing a locker room with the greats, but they were part of Gomes’ hatching—on that very day—his plan for the Red Sox 2013 beards!!!
Banner Island Ballpark Stockton, CA
July 4, 2012
It looked like the citizens of Stockton wouldn’t be celebrating Independence Day in 2012. The city had just declared bankruptcy. Do the Legends of Baseball came to the rescue, putting on a very special 4th of July tribute game—completely FREE for all fans! Hero of heroes, Dave Dravecky (who tragically lost his pitching arm to cancer), threw out the first pitch for an event that showcased over a dozen different 19th century uniforms. Among the Legends who rallied to help the city: Kevin Mitchell, Cecil Fielder, Mark Whiten, Brian Hunter, Bert Campaneris, Fred Breining, “Everyday” Eddie Guardado, and Lee Smith. The chatter for bragging rights… who could hit a lemon peel baseball the furthest with the old fashioned lumber, Hard Hittin’ Whiten or Big Daddy Cecil!? The spirit of the holiday was glorious. Three fans even had a chance to try to hit a vintage baseball out of the park and win a brand new car. And one lucky fan earned the thrill of a lifetime, getting to join the Legends roster and team up with his heroes in the lineup. He even knocked a game-saving base hit in the final frame to put the winning run on second! The emotional day came to a close with a fireworks show over the outfield, fans being allowed out onto the diamond to sit with the Legends and talk about the incredible history of our contry and our national pastime.
Dr. Pepper Ballpark Frisco, TX
April 30, 2011
The Legends Vintage Showdown made its first stop in Texas in 2011. Nolan Ryan and Jim Sundberg spearheaded contributions from the Texas Rangers organization, including donating the stadium of their AA affiliate, the Frisco Rough Riders. Nearly 800 children came out for the FREE Legends for Youth clinic, listening with wide eyes to life lessons from Jack Clark, Danny Darwin, Steve Sax, Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten, Cliff Floyd, Dante Bichette, Dickie Thon, Bert Campaneris, Lee Smith, and Scott Erickson. The man that Cooperstown calls “the strongest arm to every play the game”, Ellis Valentine, was even on hand to teach the youngsters the smartest and healtiest way to throw. The ensuing vintage game showcased an obscure 1860s rule which allowed pitchers to bounce a ball off the ground into the strike zone. Nutty Red Sox legend, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, quickly perfected the technique... to the chagrin of the opposing team, but to the delight of fans. A hidden ball trick featuring a potato was witnessed, as was Willie Wilson kicking away a ground ball as he ran the bases—all legal in 19th century rules!
San Jose Municipal Stadium San Jose, CA
October 17, 2009
The Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown Series was born in California in 2009. Hosted at the San Francisco Giants' Single-A park—Municipal Stadium, a site where Ty Cobb once played—MLB All-Star alumni descended on the Bay Area to try their hand at how the game was played a century before they were even born. Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Vida Blue, Jeff Kent, Brady Anderson, Steve Finley, Darrell Evans, Blue Moon Odom, and Vince Coleman headlined a 20 man Legends roster, treating fans to the union of baseball generations old and young, while baseball historian and former pro umpire, Shane Sellers, called the game in Wild West attire. A local San Fran squad of vintage ballists challenged the Legends, taking an early lead, but was unable to hold off the Hall of Fame anchored team as they adjusted to the tiny mitts, lemon peel stitched baseballs, and 40-ounce bats. With a 1-run lead in the bottom of the 9th, and Rollie Fingers on to close, Jeff Kent made a diving grab up the middle for victory and the Legends dog piled as if they’d just won the World Series!