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2016 Fastball's Wine Appreciation Night

 

In March 2016, the Fastball Club hosted a " Wine and Beer Tasting Appreciation Evening " at Crowfoot Wine and Spirits. Organized by the coaches and players, the event allowed the guests to sample many different wines and beers, as well to enjoy a light meal and participate in the silent auction that featured well over 60 items. This event will become an annual event, and will become a major fundraiser for the Fastball team. Thanks to all the supporters, Crowfoot Wines in particular for guiding us along in our inaugural event. The 2017 evening will be held in early 2017, likely again in March.

2015 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Bret Boone

The University of Calgary is pleased to welcome Bret Boone as the guest speaker for the 12th annual baseball and fastball fundraising dinner to be held on Thursday February 5, 2015 at the Red & White club. The dinner is one of the major fundraising initiatives for the baseball and fastball teams and all proceeds from the event go to support the team's programs and student-athletes.

Bret Boone is a former second baseman who played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues. Boone played with five teams including Seattle and Cincinnati. During his early days with Seattle Bret played with the Calgary Cannons AAA team prior to his major league breakthrough. Bret Boone was a three-time All-star; a two-time Silver Slugger and a four-time Gold Glove award winner during his time in the Major Leagues.

An infielder with power, Boone hit for over 20 homeruns in a season over six times. His best offensive season was 2001 when he had 37 homeruns and 147 RBI's.

In 1992 when he made the majors Bret Boone became the first 3rd generation major leaguer. His father Bob Boone was a catcher from 1972 - 1990 and later a manager; his grandfather Ray was an infielder from 1948 - 1960 and Bret's brother Aaron was a third baseman. Bret and Aaron made Major League history in 1998 and became part of baseball trivia when they and the Larkin brothers (Stephen and Barry) became the first starting infield composed of two sets of brothers.

Known for his sense of humour with the media and in the clubhouse, it is said that Boone took up not one but three lockers, "one for him, another with a nameplate above that read 'Boone's friend' and a third with a nameplate that read 'Boone's friend's friend' that was scattered with about 100 bats."

2014 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Gregg Zaun

 

The University of Calgary Dinos Baseball and Fastball teams are proud to announce Gregg Zaun as their guest at the 10th annual fundraising dinner. Zaun played in the major leagues for 16 years and is currently an analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. Known for telling it as it is, Zaun is sure to entertain and amuse.

Gregg Zaun, as a catcher, played 16 years in the major leagues including Toronto, Baltimore and Florida. Zaun captured a World Series Championships with Florida in 1997 and with Toronto in 2008 he hit a walk off homerun in the 13th inning. Zaun, in 2006, is one of a few major leaguers to hit a homerun from both sides of the plate in a single game.

The fundraising dinner is known for it's past, notable, speakers, providing attendees with an intimate and personable evening. Previous speakers have including:
Tim Raines
Jim Abbott
Ferguson Jenkins
Ken Griffey Sr.
Jack Morris
Bill Buckner

The dinner will be held on Thursday February 6 at the Red & White Club (McMahon Stadium). Reception at 6pm, dinner at 7pm. Cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are $200, tables of 8 available.

The baseball and fastball dinner is the major fundraising activity for the Dinos baseball and fastball teams, with all proceeds from the dinner going to support team activities and the student-athletes.

 

2013 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Rich "Goose" Gossage
 

 

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Richard 'Goose' Gossage  lent a helping hand to the Dinos baseball and fastball clubs on Thursday January 30.

Gossage, whose career spanned 22 seasons and nine major league teams from 1972-94, was the keynote speaker at the Dinos' annual fundraising dinner at the Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium. Proceeds from the event support the Dinos men's baseball and women's fastball clubs.

Best known for his years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, Gossage was one of the top relievers in baseball throughout the 1970s and 80s. A nine-time all-star, he pitched in 1,002 games, recording 1,502 strikeouts and 310 saves. He led the American League in saves three times thanks to one of the hardest-thrown fastballs of all time, and he recorded 20 or more saves on 10 occasions. He became just the second player in history to record 300 saves, and he retired among the top five all-time leaders in games pitched, relief innings, and relief strikeouts.

His career also included stops with both Chicago teams, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Texas, and Oakland. After retiring as a Seattle Mariner in 1994, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

2012 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Tim Raines

 

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.

2011 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Ferguson Jenkins
 

Canadian baseball legend Ferguson Jenkins was the keynote speaker at the 2011 fundraising dinner for the Dinos baseball and fastball clubs. The event was held Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at the Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium.
Jenkins follows a long line of distinguished speakers at the event – a list that includes Jim Abbott, Jack Morris, Bill Buckner, and 2010 speaker Ken Griffey Sr.

A native of Chatham, Ont., Jenkins was a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher. After breaking into the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965, his 19-year career also included stops in Texas and Boston, but it is his work with the Chicago Cubs from 1966-73 and again from 1982-83 that he is best remembered for.

His 1971 season with the Cubs earned him the National League’s Cy Young award, a first for a Canadian. From 1967-72 he recorded six consecutive 20-win seasons, a feat that has yet to be equalled, and finished his career with a 284-226 record and a 3.34 ERA.

Along with Greg Maddux, Curt Schilling, and Pedro Martinez, Jenkins is one of just four MLB pitchers to have recorded more than 3,000 strikeouts while allowing fewer than 1,000 walks in his career.

In 1987, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and just four years later he became the first-ever Canadian to earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. His jersey number 31, which he shared with Maddux, was jointly retired by the Cubs in May 2009. He will celebrate his 67th birthday on Dec. 13.

2010 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Ken Griffey
 

A three-time Major League Baseball all-star and MVP of the 1980 all-star game, Griffey broke into the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 1973. He was part of The Big Red Machine that captured World Series titles in 1975 and 1976—the only National League team to win back-to-back championships since the New York Giants in 1921 and 1922.

Griffey came just shy of winning the National League batting title in 1976 and remained in Cincinnati until 1981, when he was sent to the New York Yankees. He played in the Bronx until 1986 when he was traded to Atlanta before being sent back to Cincinnati in 1988. He spent a season and a half with the Seattle Mariners before retiring in 1991 after a 19-year career.

Along with his son, Ken Griffey Jr., he was part of the first father-son tandem to play for the same MLB team when they took the field against the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 31, 1989.

Griffey Sr. played 1,997 career games and compiled a lifetime batting average of .296 with 152 home runs and 859 runs batted in. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2004.

2009 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Bill Buckner

 

The University of Calgary Baseball and Fastball Clubs are proud to present Bill Buckner for a very special evening on Thursday Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium.

Buckner was widely regarded as one of the toughest ‘outs’ in baseball and one the best infielders in the game. During the 1986 World Series he made a single, famous mistake that has defined his entire career. On January 29th Calgarians will have a chance to hear his side of the story.

2008 Baseball and Fastball Club Annual Dinner
Jack Morris

 

One of baseball’s best pitchers and most memorable characters reflected on a legendary career: Thursday, Jan. 17, Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium
 
Jack Morris was a five-time all star who won World Series rings with Detroit, Minnesota (on the strength of a ten inning pitching performance that earned him the 1991 MVP award) and Toronto.
 
Known as a bulldog and a workhorse on the mound, Morris won more games than any other pitcher in the 1980s. His ferocious, competitive nature added a certain edge to his fastball, slider and his trademark pitch – a devastating split finger fastball.
 
In 1984 he had what many would consider to be a near perfect season. He began the year by throwing a no-hitter against the White Sox (April 7th) and  ended it with two complete game victories against the Padres in the World Series.
 
Off the mound, it was a different story. Morris was often described as “prickly” by the media. Many baseball observers believe this, is a one reason the mustachioed pitcher is not in the Hall of Fame.
 

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