Clarinda A’s 40th annual Baseball Hall of Fame banquet is set for Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Clarinda Academy Activities Center beginning at 5:00 with viewing of the silent auction items and autograph session with guest celebrities.
Headlining the event will be former A’s players Ozzie Smith, 2002 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, who played most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals; Von Hayes, an All-Star player who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies; Darrell Miller, played for the California Angels and is currently director of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy, also an official speaker for Catholic Athletes for Christ; and Brian Poldberg, now manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers who recently won the Triple A National Championship . Mike Arbuckle, Senior Advisor to the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals/Scouting and Player Development, will also be in attendance and participate in the question/answer session to close out the evenings events. There are possibly other former A’s who have or are playing in the majors who may also be coming.
Advance tickets for the event are $20 for students K-12 and $25 for adults. At the door, they will be $30 and $25. They are good for the dinner, one autograph from each visiting player and a bidding number for the silent auction of sports memorabilia. Each additional autograph will be $25. There will also be a live auction for selected items.
There will be recognition of the local traveling youth baseball teams, the High School team and A’s Manager Ryan Eberly will give a recap of last year’s season and outlook for the coming 61st season, as well as induction of new members to the Hall of Fame.
Advance reservations are encouraged with seating to be done as paid reservations are received. Number of tickets requested and remittance can be sent to 225 E. Lincoln, Clarinda, IA 51632. If you have questions, call (712) 542-4272.
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.