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2012 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Tim Raines
Photographs by David Moll © 2012



The University of Calgary Baseball and Fastball Clubs were pleased to have Montreal Expos legend Tim 'Rock' Raines as the keynote speaker at their annual fundraising dinner on Feb 2.

Raines joins a long line of baseball greats who have been guests of the Dinos at the event, including Ferguson Jenkins, Ken Griffey Sr., Jack Morris, Jim Abbott, and Bill Buckner

The Florida native played for six teams in Major League Baseball during a career that spanned four decades from 1979-2002 – one of just 29 players in baseball history to play games in four separate decades – but he's best-remembered for his 13 years as a left fielder with the Montreal Expos, who retired his No. 30.

Drafted by the Expos in 1977, Raines batted .304 and stole 71 bases in his rookie season, finishing as runner-up for the National League's rookie-of-the-year award. In 1983, he stole a career-high 90 bases and scored a franchise-record 133 runs. He won the National League batting championship in 1986 with a .334 average.

He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and went on to hit .444 and score five runs in a losing cause against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 American League Championship Series. He was then traded to the New York Yankees in 1995, winning World Series rings in 1996 and 1998.

Raines went on to have stints with the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins and signed as a free agent with both Montreal and the Yankees in the twilight of his career. With Baltimore, Raines played a Major League game with his son, Tim Jr., becoming the second father-son tandem to play for the same MLB team – following in the footsteps of Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. The elder Raines continued in his left field spot, with his son to his left in centre field.

Raines was named to the National League all-star team in seven consecutive seasons from 1981-87 and was the MVP of the 1987 All-Star Game. Following his playing career, Raines turned to coaching and was first base coach for the White Sox in their 2005 World Series championship season.

The dinner is the most significant fundraiser of the season, supporting scholarships, travel and equipment costs, and other operating expenses for the Dinos baseball and fastball clubs. Guests had the opportunity to bid on various silent auction items and enter to win raffle prizes.

-UC- Ben Matchett; Sports Information Director

2013 Dinner - Rich "Goose" Gossage

2011 Dinner - Ferguson Jenkins

2010 Dinner - Ken Griffey Sr.

2009 Dinner - Bill Buckner

2008 Dinner - Jack Morris

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