Brian Poldberg has been added to those appearing at the Clarinda Baseball Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, November 23 at the Clarinda Academy Activities Center. An A’s catcher in 1979, he has just recently been named as Manager of the Kansas City Royals AAA Omaha Storm Chasers team. He has been w/the Royals organization as a player, coach and manager.
He joins fellow A’s alum Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals and Von Hayes who spent most of his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies at the banquet.
Reminder doors open at 4:30 for those wanting to view items for the silent & live auction, with autograph session to start at 5:00 followed by dinner and the program.
Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students K-12; at the door they will be $25 and $20. Tickets are good for one autograph from each guest celebrity, dinner and a bidding number for the silent auction. For further information call (712) 542-4272 or send ticket order to 225 E. Lincoln, Clarinda, IA 51632. Reserved seating is done as paid reservations are received.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 HALL OF FAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Tickets are now available for the Clarinda A’s 39th annual Hall of Fame banquet set for Saturday, November 23 at the Clarinda Academy Activities Center.
Celebrity guest list includes Ozzie Smith, former St. Louis Cardinal & 2002 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and Von Hayes, who played the largest part of his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Both will be signing at the autograph session which will open the evening’s festivities at 5:00, with dinner served at approximately 6:00. A’s board president Jeff Clark will welcome the guests, Darrell Murphy A’s press box announcer will MC and Mayor Gordon Kokenge will present the awards. Inductees for the Hall of Fame will be announced that night, youth traveling and High Schools teams will be recognized, Clarinda A’s manager Ryan Eberly will give a recap of last season as well as what to expect for the summer of 2014 and the always popular question/answer session with Smith, Hayes and Mike Arbuckle who is the senior advisor/scouting & player development to the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals will close the evening’s activities
Doors will open at 4:30 for those wanting to view the items for the silent auction, with selected pieces to be part of a live auction. Major league balls and 8X10 photos of Smith and Hayes will be available for the autograph session and A’s shirts, hats and other team merchandise will also be for sale.
Advance tickets are $16 for students K-12 and $20 for adults; at the door they will be $20 and $25. Each ticket is good for one autograph from each visiting celebrity, dinner and a bidding number for the silent auction. Extra autographs will be $20. All proceeds from this event go into the A’s operating budget.
Reserved seating will be assigned as paid ticket orders are received. For further information, call (712) 542-4272 or send your ticket order and remittance to Hall of Fame Banquet, 225 E. Lincoln, Clarinda, IA 51632. Locally tickets can be purchased and picked up at the Chamber of Commerce office and J’s Pizza & Steak House.
Ozzie & Von during their careers
Ozzie & Von signing autographs at a previous banquet.
Clarinda, Iowa was founded in 1851, and incorporated on December 8, 1866. Many stories are told of such notables as Jesse James frequently passing through.
The town is named for Clarinda Buck, who according to legend carried water to the surveyors while Page County was first being surveyed.
Clarinda is the home of the Clarinda A's, our summer amateur baseball team. The A's won the 1981 National Baseball Congress championship, and has sent several players on to the major leagues, notably hall of famer Ozzie Smith - who regularly returns to Clarinda for special events.
The Clarinda A's got their start In 1955, when Bill Bench and Vernon Woodard formed an managed a team of local players. Because the financial backing for the team was from local businessmen, they were called the Merchants. The Merchants played their first game in May of '55 and in that first box score lineup were Jerry Jennings, Dean and Gene Bentley, Ralph Taylor, Norman Discher, Merl Eberly, Max Doughterty, Ken Warrick and pitcher Bill Hullinger who threw the entire nine innings for a 9-5 victory over Shenandoah.