Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew to Speak at the Old Dominion Baseball Clinic
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. - Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, baseball's fifth all- time home run hitter with 573 playing for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins will be the keynote speaker and clinician for the 24th annual Greenwich Kitchens/Old Dominion University Baseball Clinic, Jan. 26 and 27, 2001.
Tickets for the clinic which will be held in the Old Dominion University fieldhouse on Jan. 27 are $5 for the one session at 9:00 a.m.
The weekend begins on Friday Jan. 26 with the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Warren Spivey, who through his kind assistance and love for the game of baseball at all levels, has greatly helped area youth will be presented the 24th annual Bud Metheny Award at the banquet. Proceeds from the sales support baseball scholarships at Old Dominion.
Harmon Killebrew won five home run titles and led the American League in RBI three times and twice in slugging. In 1969, he was the leagues Most Valuable Player when he hit 49 home runs, drove in 140 runs and walked 145 times. Those totals were tops in both leagues. Killebrew was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Killebrew played both third and first base during his career. He is third all-time in home run percentage at 7.0 behind only Babe Ruth and Ralph Kiner. He had seven seasons with over 100 walks and is tenth on the all-time list with 1559 career walks.
In 1965, Killebrew led the Minnesota Twins to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the series in seven games. Killebrew hit 49 homers in 1964, and in 1962 he hit 48 homers with 126 runs batted in. He hit 40 or more homers in seven seasons.
Other area pros who will be at the clinic are: Jimmy Anderson(Pittsburgh Pirates),David Bailey (Chicago Cubs), Michael Cuddyer (Minnesota Twins), Jason Dubois (Chicago Cubs) ,Chris Elmore (Boston Red Sox) Allan Erbe (Chicago Cubs) ,Kevin Flannagan (NY Yankees), Hank Foiles (Pittsburgh Pirates) Kevin Gibbs (Colorado Rockies), Mark Gibbs (Baltimore Orioles), Tony Gsell (Chicago Cubs) Tim Hummel (Chicago WS), Robert Jones (Florida Marlins), Tim LaVigne -( NY Mets) Billy Moran (Chicago WS), Matt Quatraro - Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Brian Ross - (Cincinnati Reds) Billy Swoope (Chicago Cubs), Ron Walker (Chicago Cubs) ,Jeff Ware (Toronto Blue Jays)
For more information on the clinic and banquet, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 683-4444.