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Tickets are still available for the 45th annual Wilson Hot Stove banquet Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Recreation Park Community Center.
Tickets are $25 each for the event, one of two major annual fundraisers for the North Carolina Baseball Museum, and include a catered meal by Parker’s Barbecue. The banquet will start at 6 p.m., but prior to that, there will be a reception at the N.C. Baseball Museum, located inside Fleming Stadium, starting around 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at Dick’s Hot Dog Stand, EB Sports and the N.C. Baseball Museum, or at the door.
The featured speaker is Mike Gaski, the longtime president of USA Baseball and hall-of-fame former UNC Greensboro head coach. The program will be dedicated to the memories of Lee Gliarmis, a charger member of the N.C. Baseball Museum board of directors and Wilson Hot Stove; E.D. Hall, the first baseball coach at Beddingfield High head coach and a museum board member and former Greene Central High and major league player Walt McKeel.
The list of awards recipients includes former East Carolina University and Wilson American Legion Post 13 player Spencer Brickhouse; former Wilmington New Hanover High star and first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Walston; Hunt High senior Tyson Bass; Fike High senior Hunter Stokely; former North Carolina Wesleyan College head coach Charlie Long; Wilson attorney and former youth baseball coach Earl Taylor; former Wilson mayor Bruce Rose and umpire John Whitehead.
The list of former and current major leaguers who have indicated they will attend the banquet includes last year’s featured speaker, Lonnie Chisenhall, a Newport native. Other former big leaguers expected to be present at the banquet are Monty Montgomery, Scott Pose, Floyd Whicker, Tim Talton, Mike Wallace, Billy Harris, Dick Such and John Donaldson as well as former Negro Leaguer Clifford Layton.