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Friday, Sep. 22, 2017
A Night at the Ball Park in Sudbury this Friday
2016-11-29
by Randy Pascal

Major league baseball free agency might be chugging along at a turtle-like pace, but that won't stop things from heating up, in Sudbury, for fans of the diamond sport this coming weekend.

The Baseball Academy is hosting "A Night at the Ball Park" this Friday night at the Cambrian College Student Center, with Canadian baseball icon and Stubby Clapp on hand for the festivities.

A graduate of Texas Tech University and draft pick of the St Louise Cardinals, Clapp is best remembered by Canadian baseball fans for his 11th inning game winning single which propelled Canada past the United States in the semi-final game of the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.

Since retiring from the game in 2009, Clapp has managed or worked as a hitting coach with the Corpus Christi Hooks, Tri-City ValleyCats, Dunedin Blue Jays and New Hampshire Fisher Cats, as well as remaining involved with the national team program.

The banquet Friday in Sudbury will provide proceeds to help both the 15U and 18U local entries into the Elite Baseball League of Ontario in their efforts to travel to Tampa Bay over the March break, facing teams from the U.S. and a handful of other nations in preparation for the 2017 season.

"The night will be a great one for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike," noted Jean-Gilles Larocque, a former NCAA catcher and the man behind The Baseball Academy.

"Our keynote speaker (Stubby Clapp) will share thoughts on his life journey, playing and coaching a game that he truly loves." A number of other guest speakers will be on hand as well, with Larocque hinting of a major local baseball-related announcement to be made that evening.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are being sold for $50/person. For further information, kindly contact Jean-Gilles Larocque at "thebaseballacademy@gmail.com".

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