The Colorado Springs Sky Sox will host the 2014 Heroes Classic Charity Softball Game June 21. Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson will be in attendance, along with many other former Major League players.
Despite the many former players that will be on hand to play alongside members of the Colorado Springs police and fire departments as well as injured service members, the Sky Sox are still in need of one important position to fill out each roster — the manager.
In order to fill the all important manager position for each squad, the Sky Sox asks the Colorado Springs community to nominate local citizens who have performed heroic acts along the Front Range. To recognize someone who deserves special recognition for a selfless act, go to www.skysox.com/heroes and fill out the online form to nominate that individual. The Sky Sox will announce the two selected winners at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The winners will be invited to the game as special VIP guests to serve as the honorary manager for one of the two teams. They will be in uniform in the dugout for the game and will be asked to enjoy the day with their players and work with Sky Sox staff to manage the various events going on throughout the game. Each hometown hero will also be recognized on the field.
The event will raise funds for three charities: The Colorado Springs Fire Protective Association, The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs and the Wounded Warrior Project.
For each ticket purchased for the event, $5 will go toward raising funds for these organizations. In addition, as part of the game-day activities, the teams will don custom-made uniforms and these unique jerseys will be auctioned during and after the game with all of the proceeds benefitting the selected charities. To date, this event has raised close to $40,000.
A silent auction will take place in the concourse at the main entrance of the stadium. Following the game, a live auction will take place on the Sky Sox dugout and will feature a select number of jerseys including Brooks Robinson’s. All jerseys will be autographed by the player who wore them and will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.
Each team will also include several former Major League Baseball players, local media members and local dignitaries.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.skysox.com, in person at the Sky Sox box office or by calling 591-SOXX.
A limited number of special VIP package tickets are available for $30 and include:
• An upper reserved seat;
• Access to a special VIP autograph session before the game with the former Major League players, including Brooks Robinson;
• Membership in the MLBPAA;
• Upgrade to a box seat for just $3 more;
• Regular tickets will be $10 for upper reserved seats and $13 for box seats; and
• Group tickets can be purchased in advance for groups of 20 or more through the Sky Sox group sales department for $7 each.
Former Major League players that will be participating in the game include:
• Brooks Robinson: A Hall of Fame third baseman, American League MVP in 1964, World Series MVP in 1970, 14-time all-star, 16-time Gold Glove winner who played 23 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and won two World Series with Baltimore in1966 and 1970.
• Bob Knepper: Two-time all-star pitcher who played 15 seasons with San Francisco and Houston and won 146 games in his career including six seasons with 10 or more wins.
• Mark Knudson: Pitcher for the Rockies inaugural 1993 team, Knudson played in eight seasons with Houston, Milwaukee and Colorado.
• Gary Krug: A Mitchell High School grad and current Pine Creek JV baseball head coach. He played for the Cubs in 1981, and was the former head baseball coach at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
• Brian Fisher: A second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1980, the righty won 36 games in seven seasons with the Yankees, Pirates, Astros and Mariners.
• Bobby Johnson: A catcher and first baseman who played three seasons with the Texas Rangers. He is also the nephew of Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks.