Honorees include current and former Astros players.
Friday, February 10, 2012
6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner
Ballroom of the Americas,
Hilton Americas Convention Center Hotel
The 2012 Houston Baseball dinner will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Major League Baseball in Houston. Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton and veteran Houston sportscaster Lisa Malosky will host this year's event. In addition to honoring the top players from the 2011 ball club, this year's dinner will include a special 50th Anniversary tribute featuring a long list of former Astros team MVPs, including Bob Watson, J.R. Richard, Jimmy Wynn, Larry Dierker, Jose Cruz, Enos Cabell, Bob Aspromonte and more. Also part of the 50th anniversary recognition will be former Astros Art Howe and Phil Garner who also managed the 2005 NL Champion Astros.
Members of the 2011 Astros scheduled to attend include J.D. Martinez (Rookie of the Year), Wandy Rodriguez (Pitcher of the Year) and Jason Bourgeois (Darryl Kile Award) and manager Brad Mills. Former Astros Lance Berkman will attend the dinner and receive the Houston Area Player of the Year award. Former Astros Hunter Pence (2011 MVP) will also be recognized at the event, but is unable to attend.
Houston Baseball Dinner co-founder Ivy McLemore, a long-time baseball writer who currently serves as a MLB official scorer, will receive the Allen Russell Distinguished Achievement Award. Additionally, longtime Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown will receive the Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball. 2011 marked Brown's 25th season as the Astros play-by-play TV voice.
Brazoswood's coach Bobby Williams will receive the Ray Knoblauch Award as the area's outstanding high school coach in 2011.
The event will also include the annual introduction of the 16-member All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Team as well as the Greater Houston Area's Preseason Major College Player of the Year, Rice University pitcher, Austin Kubitza.
Minute Maid and The Astros In Action Foundation present the event with the support of the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. All proceeds from this annual event once again will go to the Grand Slam for Youth Baseball scholarship program. In the past 6 years, proceeds from this dinner have funded more than 20 scholarships.
Order your tickets on or before Tuesday, February 7th.
For more information, please call 713-259-8686.