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Rollie Fingers And Andre Dawson To Headline ODU Baseball Clinic

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 12, 2010
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Dec. 12, 2010

NORFOLK, VA--Baseball Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Andre Dawson will be the keynote speakers and clinicians for the 34th annual GTI Systems, Inc. "Meet the Stars" Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, and annual ODU Baseball Clinic Jan. 21 & 22, 2011.

Individual tickets for the Jan. 21st banquet are $65 each. There is a special rate for groups or teams who would like to attend at $45.00 each (20+ tickets). Table packages which include amenities such as a VIP reception with the headliners, autographed baseballs and more will be available as well. Please contact Anthony Henderson with the Big Blue Club at 757.683.6964 for more information."

The ODU Baseball Kids Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center on Old Dominion University's campus. Tickets for the clinic are $5.00 and will be available at Old Dominion University Athletic Ticket Office in the Ted Constant Convocation Center at 757-683-4444.

Rollie Fingers' 17-year career epitomized the emergence of the modern-day relief ace. After beginning his career as a starter, the Oakland Athletics moved Fingers to the bullpen. He excelled quickly in his new role relying on a sharp slider. Fingers went on to notch 341 career saves, appearing in 16 World Series games, and won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1981. That year, Fingers saved 28 games with a 1.04 earned run average.

Fingers had a career best 37 saves in 1978 with San Diego, and also saved 35 games in 1977 with the Padres and 29 in 1982 with Milwaukee. Fingers played for Oakland, San Diego and Milwaukee. He retired in 1985 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Andre Dawson, known as the "Hawk" for his outstanding defense in center field and right field, finished his 21-year Major League career with a .279 batting average, 438 home runs, 1,591 runs bated in and 314 stolen bases. Dawson was the national League Rookie of the Year with the Expos in 1977 and the National League Most Valuable Player in 1987 while with the Chicago Cubs. That year, Dawson hit a career high 49 homers with 137 runs batted in and a .287 batting average.

The eight-time All-Star underwent 12 knee surgeries during his career but ended up with more than 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, a feat achieved by only two other players in baseball history, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. Dawson also played for the Red Sox and Marlins and knocked in over 100 or more runs four times. The Florida native was drafted in the 11th round in 1975 out of Florida A&M University. Dawson retired in 1996 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer with the 2010 class.

The ODU event annually features some of the top names in major league baseball. In past years Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Rich Gossage, Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Gaylord Perry, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Jr. along with managerial greats Tommy Lasorda and Sparky Anderson have served as clinicians.

Individual tickets and table packages for the banquet will be available for purchase through the Big Blue Club by calling 683.6964.

Tickets for the clinic will be available for purchase at the box office at the Ted Constant Convocation Center or by calling 683-4444. Parking information for clinic participants can be found at www.odusports.com.

Proceeds from the banquet and clinic support the baseball scholarship fund of the Old Dominion University Big Blue Club

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