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2013 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest Legends Schedule

Dates and Times of Sessions are Subject to Change
(Players Confirmed As of July 2, 2013)

FRIDAY, JULY 12



John Franco

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
CLINIC, 1:00PM - 1:30PM

John Franco played 21 seasons in the Majors as a left-handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds (1984-89), Mets (1990-2004) and Houston Astros (2005). The Brooklyn, New York native compiled a career record of 90-87 with 424 saves and a 2.89 ERA over 1,119 appearances. In 1,245.2 innings pitched, he permitted 466 runs (400 earned) on 1,166 hits with 495 walks and 975 strikeouts. The four-time NL All-Star (1986-87, 89-90) led the NL in saves on three occasions - 1988 (39 saves), 1990 (33) and 1994 (30). A product of St. John's University, Franco ranks fourth on Major League Baseball's all-time saves list, and he holds the record for saves by a left-handed pitcher. In 15 career Postseason appearances, all with the Mets, Franco was 2-0 with one save and a 1.88 ERA (three earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched). John was acquired by the Mets in December 1989 along with Don Brown from the Reds in exchange for Randy Myers and Kip Gross. Franco, who was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame last June, is currently in his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.


Dwight Gooden

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
CLINIC, 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Dwight Gooden pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-2000 with the New York Mets (1984-1994), the New York Yankees (1996-1997, 2000), the Cleveland Indians (1998-1999), the Houston Astros (2000) and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000). After a Rookie of the Year-winning debut season in 1984, he won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award with a 24-4 record and a 1.53 ERA. "Doctor K" was a four-time N.L. All-Star (1984-86, 88) and the ace of the Club's 1986 World Series Championship team. He was the starting pitcher for the Senior Circuit in the 1986 Midsummer Classic in Houston. The Florida native won at least 15 games in six of his first seven Major League seasons and won 17 games or more in five of his first seven years. Gooden threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in the 1996 season, and he was a part of the Club's World Championships in both 1996 and 2000. He posted a 194-112 mark with a 3.51 ERA in his 16-year career.


Edgardo Alfonzo

CLINIC, 10:00AM - 10:30AM

Edgardo Alfonzo played 12 seasons in the Majors as in infielder for the Mets (1995-2002), San Francisco Giants (2003-05), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2006) and Toronto Blue Jays (2006). In 1,506 career games, he batted .284 (1,532-for-5,385) with 146 home runs, 282 doubles, 18 triples, 744 RBI and 777 runs scored. The native of Venezuela was named an All-Star in 2000 while posting a career-best .324 batting average and helping lead the Mets to their first NL Pennant since 1986. Alfonzo, who was originally signed by the Mets as a free agent in 1991, claimed a Louisville Silver Slugger Award in 1999 after recording career-highs of 27 home runs, 41 doubles and 108 RBI. Alfonzo, who posted a career batting average of .299 (35-for-117) in 28 Postseason games, hit .444 (8-for-18) with a double, triple and four RBI during five games in the 2000 NLCS. Edgardo is currently in his first season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.


Mookie Wilson

PHOTO OP, 10:00AM - 10:30AM

Mookie Wilson played 12 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder for the Mets (1980-89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989-91). In 1,403 career games, Wilson compiled a .274 batting average (1,397-for-5,094) with 227 doubles, 71 triples, 67 home runs, 438 RBI, 327 stolen bases and 731 runs scored. The Bamberg, South Carolina native was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 1977 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. Wilson will long be remembered for his memorable at-bat in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series in which his ground ball trickled under the glove of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run and force a Game 7 that the Mets would win. Mookie, who served as the Mets first base and outfield coach from 1997-2002 and 2011, managed the Rookie-League Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League from 2003-04 and the Single-A Brooklyn Cylcones of the New York-Penn League in 2005. Wilson, who is in his second season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets, was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996.


Ed Charles

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Q&A SESSION, 2:30PM - 3:00PM

Ed Charles was a third baseman in the Major Leagues from 1962-1969 with the Kansas City Athletics (1962-67) and the New York Mets (1967-69). "The Poet" batted .263 with 86 home runs and 421 RBI in his eight-year career. He batted .288 with 17 homers and 74 RBI in his rookie season with the A's in 1962. Charles was a part of the "Miracle Mets" 1969 World Series Championship team.


Rollie Fingers

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Rollie Fingers pitched in the Major Leagues from 1968-1985 and was a key pitcher for Oakland's three straight World Series Championship teams from 1972-74. A 1992 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a seven-time All-Star and the 1981 winner of both the American League Most Valuable Player and the A.L. Cy Young Award after going 6-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 28 saves for the Brewers. Fingers was the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 World Series after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in four games. Fingers won 10 or more games in four seasons and led his League in saves and games pitched three times each.






Ed Kranepool

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Q&A SESSION, 4:30PM - 5:00PM

Ed Kranepool was a career member of the New York Mets from 1962-1979. He played in three games for New York's new National League franchise during its inaugural season in 1962. In his 18-year Major League career, he batted .261 with 118 home runs and 614 RBI. He was an N.L. All-Star in the 1965 season. He was a part of the "Miracle Mets" 1969 World Series Championship team, which included his home run in Game Three of the Fall Classic, as well as New York's 1973 N.L. pennant. Only David Wright has more hits in Mets history than Ed's 1,418. The first baseman and outfielder attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx.






Art Shamsky

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Art Shamsky was a Major League outfielder and first baseman from 1965-1972 with the Cincinnati Reds (1965-1967), the New York Mets (1968-1971), the Chicago Cubs (1972) and the Oakland Athletics (1972. In his eight-year career, he batted .253 with 68 home runs and 233 RBI. He was a part of the "Miracle Mets" 1969 World Series Championship team, batting .300 with 14 home runs, 47 RBI and a .375 on-base percentage. The Missouri native batted .538 (7-for-13) in the 1969 National League Championship Series.


Maybelle Blair

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 12:30PM

An accomplished softball player, Maybelle switched to baseball for one season and played with the Peoria Redwings in 1948. Before joining the AAGPBL, she played professional softball with the Chicago Cardinals. She also played second base and the outfield with the world champion New Orleans Jax.


Noella Alverson

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game


Carolyn Odell

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 12:30PM

At the age of 14, Carolyn Odell was the bat girl for the All American Girls Professional Baseball Team, South Bend Blue Sox. She provided support in 1945 and 1946 at the Blue Sox home field, Playland Park. Carolyn is featured in Jim Sargent's book "South Bend Blue Sox."


Shirley Burkovich

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 12:30PM

"Hustle" toured with the 1950 Springfield Sallies and Chicago Colleens and played with Rockford in 1951. In her short career with the league, she is credited with ending a 12-inning game with a single into centerfield to drive in the winning run. She had a speaking part in the movie "A League of Their Own."


Jim Robinson, Negro Leagues

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Bob Scott, Negro Leagues

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Pedro Sierra, Negro Leagues

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM


SATURDAY, JULY 13


Mookie Wilson

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Q&A SESSION, 1:30PM - 2:00PM

Mookie Wilson played 12 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder for the Mets (1980-89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989-91). In 1,403 career games, Wilson compiled a .274 batting average (1,397-for-5,094) with 227 doubles, 71 triples, 67 home runs, 438 RBI, 327 stolen bases and 731 runs scored. The Bamberg, South Carolina native was selected by the Mets in the second round of the 1977 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. Wilson will long be remembered for his memorable at-bat in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series in which his ground ball trickled under the glove of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run and force a Game 7 that the Mets would win. Mookie, who served as the Mets first base and outfield coach from 1997-2002 and 2011, managed the Rookie-League Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League from 2003-04 and the Single-A Brooklyn Cylcones of the New York-Penn League in 2005. Wilson, who is in his second season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets, was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996.


Bud Harrelson

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
CLINIC, 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Bud Harrelson played in the Major Leagues from 1965-1980 with the New York Mets (1965-1977), the Philadelphia Phillies (1978-79) and the Texas Rangers (1980). He was a member of the World Champion "Miracle Mets" in 1969 and delivered two key hits in the National League Championship Series. He was also a part of the Club's pennant-winning team in 1973. The shortstop was an N.L. All-Star for the Mets in 1970 and 1971, and in the latter season, he won a Gold Glove. He was a career .236 batter with seven home runs, 267 RBI, 127 stolen bases and a .327 on-base percentage. Harrelson was on the Mets' coaching staff in the 1986 World Championship season and he managed the club in 1990 and 1991.




Edgardo Alfonzo

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Edgardo Alfonzo played 12 seasons in the Majors as in infielder for the Mets (1995-2002), San Francisco Giants (2003-05), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2006) and Toronto Blue Jays (2006). In 1,506 career games, he batted .284 (1,532-for-5,385) with 146 home runs, 282 doubles, 18 triples, 744 RBI and 777 runs scored. The native of Venezuela was named an All-Star in 2000 while posting a career-best .324 batting average and helping lead the Mets to their first NL Pennant since 1986. Alfonzo, who was originally signed by the Mets as a free agent in 1991, claimed a Louisville Silver Slugger Award in 1999 after recording career-highs of 27 home runs, 41 doubles and 108 RBI. Alfonzo, who posted a career batting average of .299 (35-for-117) in 28 Postseason games, hit .444 (8-for-18) with a double, triple and four RBI during five games in the 2000 NLCS. Edgardo is currently in his first season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.



Rollie Fingers

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Q&A SESSION, 2:30PM - 3:00PM

Rollie Fingers pitched in the Major Leagues from 1968-1985 and was a key pitcher for Oakland's three straight World Series Championship teams from 1972-74. A 1992 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a seven-time All-Star and the 1981 winner of both the American League Most Valuable Player and the A.L. Cy Young Award after going 6-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 28 saves for the Brewers. Fingers was the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 World Series after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in four games. Fingers won 10 or more games in four seasons and led his League in saves and games pitched three times each.






Juan Marichal

Q&A SESSION, 1:00PM - 1:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Juan Marichal, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, pitched for 16 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1960-1975. Marichal, a 10-time All-Star (1962-69, 71, twice in '62), entered the Major Leagues on July 19, 1960 with the San Francisco Giants as the second native pitcher to come from the Dominican Republic and remains to date, as the only player from Dominican Republic to be elected into the Hall of Fame. In addition he recorded six seasons of at least 20 wins en route to 243 career victories. In 1968 he led the NL in wins (26) with a 2.43 ERA and a league leading 30 complete games while logging 325.2 innings. Marichal won more games during the 1960's decade (191) than any other Major League Pitcher. Marichal is one of two pitchers (Koufax) in the post-war era (1946-present) to have more than one season of 25 or more wins, a feat Juan Marichal accomplished three times.


Cal Ripken Jr.

CLINIC, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in 2001 after a 21 Major League Career with the Baltimore Orioles. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, he is a 19 time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover, eight-time Silver Slugger, two-time AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year (82) and World Series Champion (83). While he's best known for his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, he also redefined the shortstop position with his offensive numbers produced by his many different batting stances.


Andre Dawson

CLINIC, 2:00PM - 2:30PM
PHOTO OP, 2:30PM - 3:00PM

Andre Dawson was a 2010 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dawson played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos (1976-86), the Chicago Cubs (1987-1992), the Boston Red Sox (1993-1994) and the Florida Marlins (1995-96). He was the recipient of the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award. He posted 78 extra-base hits (36 2B, 10 3B, 32 HR) in 1983 for the Expos. Dawson was named N.L. MVP in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs with 137 RBI for the Cubs. "The Hawk" was an eight-time N.L. All-Star (1981-1983 and 1987-1991) and an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He had 13 seasons of 20 or more home runs. Andre was a member of both the 1981 N.L. East Champion Montreal Expos and the 1989 N.L. East Champion Chicago Cubs. Dawson is now a special assistant to the President of the Miami Marlins.




Felix Millan

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

The durable second baseman, a three time All-Star (1969-71) and two time Gold Glove winner (1969, 72) played in the Major Leagues from 1966-1977 with the Atlanta Braves (1966-72) and the New York Mets (1973-77). He hit .279 with 1,617 hits, 699 runs scored, and 403 RBI over his 12 year career.


Joe Pignatano

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Joe Pignatano was a Major League catcher from 1957-1962 with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1957), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1960), the Kansas City Athletics (1961), the San Francisco Giants (1962) and the New York Mets (1962) during their inaugural season. In his six years, he batted .234 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. He was a member of the Dodgers' 1959 World Series Championship team and then served as the bullpen coach for the Miracle Mets in 1969. He coached with the Mets for more than a decade. Joe is a Brooklyn native and a product of Westinghouse High School.





Rafael Santana

CLINIC, 4:00PM - 4:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Rafael Santana was a Major League shortstop from 1983-1990 with the St. Louis Cardinals (1983), the New York Mets (1984-87), the New York Yankees (1988) and the Cleveland Indians (1990). The Dominican Republic native was the starting shortstop for the Mets' 1986 World Series Championship club, and he collected two RBI and scored three runs in the Fall Classic. In his seven-year Major League career, he batted .246 with 13 home runs and 156 RBI. He led all National League shortstops with 301 putouts in 1985, and he set career bests with five home runs and 44 RBI in 1987.


Orlando Cepeda

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Orlando Cepeda played in the Major Leagues from 1958-1974 with the San Francisco Giants (1958-66), the St. Louis Cardinals (1966-68), the Atlanta Braves (1969-72), the Oakland Athletics (1972), the Boston Red Sox (1973) and the Kansas City Royals (1974). Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, he hit .297 with 379 home runs and 1,365 RBI in his career. He was named to 10 All-Star teams and played in nine Midsummer Classics, and he was the 1967 National League Most Valuable Player after hitting .325 with 25 home runs and 111 RBI for the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .311 with career-highs of 46 home runs and 142 RBI in 1961, finishing second in NL NVP balloting. He finished in the NL's top 10 in batting average eight times. The 1958 NL Rookie of the Year, nicknamed "Baby Bull," is a native of Puerto Rico.


Maybelle Blair

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

An accomplished softball player, Maybelle switched to baseball for one season and played with the Peoria Redwings in 1948. Before joining the AAGPBL, she played professional softball with the Chicago Cardinals. She also played second base and the outfield with the world champion New Orleans Jax.


Noella Alverson

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game


Carolyn Odell

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

At the age of 14, Carolyn Odell was the bat girl for the All American Girls Professional Baseball Team, South Bend Blue Sox. She provided support in 1945 and 1946 at the Blue Sox home field, Playland Park. Carolyn is featured in Jim Sargent's book "South Bend Blue Sox."


Shirley Burkovich

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

"Hustle" toured with the 1950 Springfield Sallies and Chicago Colleens and played with Rockford in 1951. In her short career with the league, she is credited with ending a 12-inning game with a single into centerfield to drive in the winning run. She had a speaking part in the movie "A League of Their Own."


Sharon Robinson

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Ms. Robinson had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught at such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard and Georgetown. In addition to her work in midwifery, she directed the PUSH for Excellence program founded by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson from 1985 to 1990 and was a fund-raiser for The United Negro College Fund and A Better Chance.

Ms. Robinson is Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and serves on the boards for the Roberto Clemente Sports City Complex in Carolina, PR, Metropolitan Opera, Urban America, and Omnicom Diversity Committee.

Sharon Robinson received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1973 and her Master's degree from Columbia University in 1976. She went on to receive a post-Master's Certificate in Teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Robinson has honorary degrees from Medaille College (1998), Dowling College (2004), and Monmouth College (2005).


Jesse Biddle

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Jesse Biddle, from Philadelphia, PA, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (twenty-seventh overall) in the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft. He was ranked forty-fourth in High School Baseball Recruiting's 2010 Top 100. He currently holds the record for most strikeouts recorded in a single game for the Reading Fightin Phils (16). Currently, he ranks as the fiftieth best prospect in baseball and the third best left-handed pitching prospect.


Byron Buxton

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Byron Buxton, from Baxley, GA, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round (second overall) in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. He was ranked second in High School Baseball Recruiting's 2012 Top 100. MLB.com ranked him as the best prospect available in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. Currently, he ranks as the sixteenth best prospect in baseball and the fifth best outfield prospect.


Jennie Finch

DIAMOND CLINIC, 1:00PM - 1:30PM
PHOTO OP, 1:30-2:00PM

Known as the most famous softball player in history - Jennie Finch was the most dominant and recognizable softball pitcher of her era. At the University of Arizona she pitched to a record of 119-16 with a 1.07 ERA. Over 876.2 inning pitched she allowed 136 runs on 396 hits, while striking out 1,028 batters over four collegiate seasons. For the United States National Team she pitched to a record of 36-2 with a 0.42 ERA. She surrendered 20 runs on 71 hits in 239.1 innings pitched. She pitched 23 complete games with 397 strikeouts over 6 seasons. She pitched Team USA to Gold Medals in 2004.



SUNDAY, JULY 14



Tony La Russa

Q&A SESSION, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Tony La Russa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011. He has three World Series wins, six league championships, and five Manager of the Year awards to his name. He is also ranked third in all-time major league wins. He and his wife Elaine founded the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, California. They have two daughters, Bianca and Devon. Autograph with purchase of his book or All-Star Game program!





Andre Dawson

CLINIC, 10:00AM - 10:30PM

Andre Dawson was a 2010 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dawson played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos (1976-86), the Chicago Cubs (1987-1992), the Boston Red Sox (1993-1994) and the Florida Marlins (1995-96). He was the recipient of the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award. He posted 78 extra-base hits (36 2B, 10 3B, 32 HR) in 1983 for the Expos. Dawson was named N.L. MVP in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs with 137 RBI for the Cubs. "The Hawk" was an eight-time N.L. All-Star (1981-1983 and 1987-1991) and an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He had 13 seasons of 20 or more home runs. Andre was a member of both the 1981 N.L. East Champion Montreal Expos and the 1989 N.L. East Champion Chicago Cubs. Dawson is now a special assistant to the President of the Miami Marlins.



Kevin Mitchell

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
CLINIC, 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Mitchell was an outfielder and third basemen from 1984 -1998 with New York Mets from 1984-1986, San Diego Padres (1987), San Francisco Giants (1987-1991), Seattle Mariners (1992), Cincinnati Reds (1993-96), Boston Red Sox (1996-97), Oakland Athletics (1998). As a member of the 1986 Amazin' Mets, he batted .250 with four hits, and two runs scored in 16 at-bats, to help declare the Amazin' Mets World Series Champions. Mitchell, a two-time All-Star (1989-90), in 1989 led the NL in home runs (47) and RBI (125), cementing his name on an NL Silver Slugger (1989) and NL MVP (1989) award, before being named the Major League Player of the Year.


Turk Wendell

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Clinic 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Turk Wendell pitched in the Major League from 1993-2004, with the Chicago Cubs (1993-97), New York Mets (1997-2001), Philadelphia Phillies (2001-03) and the Colorado Rockies (2004). Wendell was well liked amongst the New York Mets fan base, given his friendly personality, sense of humor, outspoken nature and frequent antics - from waving to the Centerfielder at the beginning of a new inning and waiting for him to wave back before proceeding, to requesting that the empire roll the ball back to him rather than throwing it or crouching down every time his catcher stood. Wendell also pitched well, especially when his team needed him most. In 13 postseason games with the New York Mets (1999-2000), Wendell accumulated 12.2 innings, pitching to a 3-1 record with a 2.85 and 14 strikeouts.




Felix Millan

Q&A SESSION, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

The durable second baseman, a three time All-Star (1969-71) and two time Gold Glove winner (1969, 72) played in the Major Leagues from 1966-1977 with the Atlanta Braves (1966-72) and the New York Mets (1973-77). He hit .279 with 1,617 hits, 699 runs scored, and 403 RBI over his 12 year career.


George Foster

PHOTO OP, 1:00PM - 1:30PM
CLINIC, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

George Foster played in the Major Leagues from 1969-1986 with the San Francisco Giants (1969-1971), the Cincinnati Reds (1971-1981), the New York Mets (1982-1986) and the Chicago White Sox (1982). In his 18-year career he batted .274 with 348 home runs and 1,239 RBI. The outfielder led the National League in RBI for three straight years from 1976-1978 and paced the N.L. in both homers and RBI in 1977 and 1978. He was the 1977 N.L. MVP, batting .320 with 52 homers, 149 RBI, 124 runs scored and a .631 slugging percentage, and he finished in the top three for MVP in two other seasons. The five-time N.L. All-Star was a part of Cincinnati's 1975 and 1976 World Championship "Big Red Machine" teams.


Cliff Floyd

CLINIC, 1:00PM - 1:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Cliff Floyd played in the Major Leagues from 1993-2009 with the Montreal Expos (1993-1996, 2002), the Florida Marlins (1997-2002), the Boston Red Sox (2002), the New York Mets (2003-2006), the Chicago Cubs (2007), the Tampa Bay Rays (2008) and the San Diego Padres (2009). He was a National League All-Star in 2001, batting .317 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI for the Marlins. He was a part of Florida's 1997 World Series Championship Club and played in four Postseasons overall, including the 2006 NL Championship Series with the Mets and the 2008 World Series with the Rays. With the Mets in 2005, he posted 34 homers, 98 RBI and 15 outfield assists. In his 17-year career, he batted .278 with 233 homers and 865 RBI.



Joe Pignatano

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

Joe Pignatano was a Major League catcher from 1957-1962 with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1957), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1960), the Kansas City Athletics (1961), the San Francisco Giants (1962) and the New York Mets (1962) during their inaugural season. In his six years, he batted .234 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. He was a member of the Dodgers' 1959 World Series Championship team and then served as the bullpen coach for the Miracle Mets in 1969. He coached with the Mets for more than a decade. Joe is a Brooklyn native and a product of Westinghouse High School.


Lou Brock

CLINIC, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

Hall of Famer, Lou Brock holds the World Series record with a .391 batting average in 21 post-season games. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985, the six time All-Star (1967, 71, 72, 74, 75, 79), led the National League in stolen bases eight times en route to career total of 938 stolen bases. Brock hit .293 with 3,023 hits, 1,610 runs scored, 486 doubles, 141 triples, and 900 RBI over his 19 Major League career seasons.






Rusty Staub

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Rusty Staub was an outfielder and first baseman from 1963-1985 with the Houston Colt .45s (1963-64), the Houston Astros (1965-68), the Montreal Expos (1969-71, 1979), the New York Mets (1972-75, 1981-85), the Detroit Tigers (1976-79) and the Texas Rangers (1980). In his 23-year Major League career, he batted .279 with 292 home runs, 1,466 RBI and a .362 on-base percentage. The durable Staub hit a career-best .333 in 1967; posted a career-high 30 homers in 1970; and collected a personal best 121 RBI in 1978, the last of his three 100-RBI seasons. The New Orleans native was a six-time All-Star and was nicknamed "Le Grand Orange" upon being an original member of the Expos in 1969. He was a part of the Mets' pennant-winning 1973 club, posting three homers and five RBI in the 1973 National League Championship Series and then going 11-for-26 (.423) with a homer and six RBI in the World Series. Staub, who hit his first Major League home run at 19 and his last at 41, is the only player ever with more than 500 hits with four different clubs (HOU, NYM, DET and MON). He has served as a longtime broadcaster for the Mets.


Cleon Jones

Q&A SESSION, 4:00PM - 4:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Cleon Jones was an outfielder from 1963-1976 with the New York Mets (1963-1975) and the Chicago White Sox (1976). In his 13 Major League year career he batted .281 with 524 RBI, 565 runs scored and 1,196 hits. Jones an All-Star (1969) was a member of the Miracle Mets that defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 Fall Classic. During the 1969 postseason, Jones hit .273 with three doubles, one homerun, six runs scored with four RBI and caught the final out to declare the Miracle Mets Champions of the 1969 World Series.





Dave Kingman

Q&A SESSION, 4:00PM - 4:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Dave Kingman played in the Major Leagues from 1971-1986 as an outfielder and first baseman with the San Francisco Giants (1971-1974), the New York Mets (1975-77, 1981-83), the San Diego Padres (1977), the California Angels (1977), the New York Yankees (1977), the Chicago Cubs (1978-80) and the Oakland Athletics (1984-1986). The three-time All-Star (1976, 1979, 1980) batted .236 with 442 home runs and 1,210 RBI in his 16-year career. The 6'6" slugger led the National League in home runs in 1979 (48) and 1982 (37). His finest season was 1979 with the Cubs, when he posted a .288 average, 115 RBI and an N.L.-best .613 slugging percentage. The University of Southern California product was the first overall pick in the 1970 Draft by the Giants.


Maybelle Blair

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

An accomplished softball player, Maybelle switched to baseball for one season and played with the Peoria Redwings in 1948. Before joining the AAGPBL, she played professional softball with the Chicago Cardinals. She also played second base and the outfield with the world champion New Orleans Jax.


Noella Alverson

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game


Carolyn Odell

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

At the age of 14, Carolyn Odell was the bat girl for the All American Girls Professional Baseball Team, South Bend Blue Sox. She provided support in 1945 and 1946 at the Blue Sox home field, Playland Park. Carolyn is featured in Jim Sargent's book "South Bend Blue Sox."


Shirley Burkovich

Q&A SESSION, 10:30AM - 11:00PM

"Hustle" toured with the 1950 Springfield Sallies and Chicago Colleens and played with Rockford in 1951. In her short career with the league, she is credited with ending a 12-inning game with a single into centerfield to drive in the winning run. She had a speaking part in the movie "A League of Their Own."


Sharon Robinson

Q&A SESSION, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Ms. Robinson had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught at such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard and Georgetown. In addition to her work in midwifery, she directed the PUSH for Excellence program founded by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson from 1985 to 1990 and was a fund-raiser for The United Negro College Fund and A Better Chance.

Ms. Robinson is Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and serves on the boards for the Roberto Clemente Sports City Complex in Carolina, PR, Metropolitan Opera, Urban America, and Omnicom Diversity Committee.

Sharon Robinson received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1973 and her Master's degree from Columbia University in 1976. She went on to receive a post-Master's Certificate in Teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Robinson has honorary degrees from Medaille College (1998), Dowling College (2004), and Monmouth College (2005).


Vera Clemente

Q&A SESSION, 12:00PM - 12:30PM

Vera Clemente was designated a goodwill ambassador of Major League Baseball on Thursday, October 29 at the 2009 World Series.

In her capacity as a goodwill ambassador to Major League Baseball, Mrs. Clemente shall encourage all baseball fans around the world to embrace baseball's enduring and uncompromising commitment to courage and character. She also raises awareness of MLB's role in the community beyond the game of baseball itself, and encourage world-wide community participation in MLB's community initiatives.


Cal Ripken Jr.

BAYER FANFEST FIELDING ATTRACTION, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from baseball in 2001 after a 21 Major League Career with the Baltimore Orioles. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, he is a 19 time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover, eight-time Silver Slugger, two-time AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year (82) and World Series Champion (83). While he's best known for his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, he also redefined the shortstop position with his offensive numbers produced by his many different batting stances.


Steve Schrippa

CLUBHOUSE STORE, 1:30PM-3:00PM

Steve Schirripa was born in Brooklyn, NY - a city noted more for the "mob" stereotype. But stereotypes, like a wise guy's alibi, can be misleading. A series regular on David Chase's acclaimed HBO drama The Sopranos, the Brooklyn College graduate's acting odyssey began while working at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip.



MONDAY, JULY 15



Darryl Strawberry

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Darryl Strawberry was a Major League outfielder from 1983-1999 with the New York Mets (1983-90), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991-93), San Francisco Giants (1994) and the New York Yankees (1995-99). Former Rookie of the Year (1983), Strawberry is an eight time All-Star (1984-91), two time Sliver Slugger (1988, 90) and part of the 30-30 clubs (30HR & 30SB, 1987). In addition, Strawberry is a four-time World Series Champion with the New York Mets (1986) and the New York Yankees (1996, 98-99). In the Strawberry was on the winning team eight out of ten times, in 40 postseason games, Strawberry hit nine home runs with 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored. In MLB history, Strawberry is one of three players to have played for four of the storied francizes in the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants.



Gaylord Perry

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Q&A SESSION, 12:30PM - 1:00PM

Gaylord Perry, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, pitched for 22 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1962-1983. Perry, a five-time All Star, is one of five pitchers in Major League history to win the Cy Young Award in each League, capturing the award in the American League in 1972 and in the National League in 1978. In addition, he recorded five seasons of at least 20 wins en route to 314 career victories. In 1972 with the Cleveland Indians, he led the A.L. in wins, posting a 24-16 record, with an ERA of 1.92. In 1978, Perry went 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA for the San Diego Padres, leading the N.L. in wins. Gaylord and his brother, Jim (1970), are the only pair of brothers in Major League history to each win the Cy Young Award.





Phil Neikro

CLINIC, 11:00AM - 11:30AM

Phil Niekro was a 1997 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after a 24-year career with the Milwaukee Braves (1964-65), the Atlanta Braves (1966-83, 1987), the New York Yankees (1984-85), the Cleveland Indians (1986-87) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1987). A member of the 300-win club, he posted a career record of 318-274 with a 3,35 ERA. He was a five-time All-Star spanning across three decades (1969, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984) and a five-time N.L. Gold Glove Award winner (1978-80, 1982-83). He captured the 1967 NL ERA championship by posting a 1.87 ERA over 207.0 innings pitched in 46 games (20 starts). He posted three 20-win seasons in his 24-year Major League career (1969, 1974, and 1979). Niekro led the NL with 262 strikeouts in 1977 and he paced the NL in complete games in 1974 and from 1977-79. He combined with brother Joe Niekro to form the most winning pair of brothers in Major League history with a total of 539 wins between the two of them.



George Foster

Q&A SESSION, 11:00AM - 11:30AM

George Foster played in the Major Leagues from 1969-1986 with the San Francisco Giants (1969-1971), the Cincinnati Reds (1971-1981), the New York Mets (1982-1986) and the Chicago White Sox (1982). In his 18-year career he batted .274 with 348 home runs and 1,239 RBI. The outfielder led the National League in RBI for three straight years from 1976-1978 and paced the N.L. in both homers and RBI in 1977 and 1978. He was the 1977 N.L. MVP, batting .320 with 52 homers, 149 RBI, 124 runs scored and a .631 slugging percentage, and he finished in the top three for MVP in two other seasons. The five-time N.L. All-Star was a part of Cincinnati's 1975 and 1976 World Championship "Big Red Machine" teams.


Tim Teufel

Q&A SESSION, 11:30AM - 12:00PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Current Mets third base coach - named to the position in October of 2011, played first, second and third base from 1983-1993 with the Minnesota Twins (1983-1985), New York Mets (1986-1991) and San Diego Padres (1991-1993). Also known for his batting stance, the "Teufel Shuffle", where he wiggled his body back and forth during the pitchers delivery. Over his tenure with the Mets, Teufel connected on five pinch-hit home runs, including the third pinch-hit grand slam in Mets history, earning his team a victory over the rival Philadelphia Phillies, in summer of '86. Acquired from the Minnesota Twins in January of '86 in a five-player trade, Teufel was a key member of the Amazin' Mets Championship run. He hit .444 with one double, one home run, one run scored and a RBI during the Fall Classic that captured the Amazin season of 1986. Teufel, has received "Good Guy" Awards from both the New York Press Photographers and the New York Baseball Writers Associations.



Fred Lynn

CLINIC, 1:30PM - 2:00PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Fred Lynn was a Major League outfielder from 1974-1990 with the Boston Red Sox (1974-80), the California Angels (1981-84), the Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), the Detroit Tigers (1988-89) and the San Diego Padres (1990). He was an All-Star in each of his first nine Major League seasons. In 1975 (.331, 47 2B, 21 HR, 105 RBI, .566 SLG), he became the first player in history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season en route to helping Boston secure the American League pennant. Lynn set career highs with an American League-best .333 average, 116 runs, 39 homers and 122 RBI in 1979. The batted The University of Southern California product was a four-time Gold Glove winner. He hit the only grand slam in All-Star Game history in 1983 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.


Dwight Gooden

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Dwight Gooden pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-2000 with the New York Mets (1984-1994), the New York Yankees (1996-1997, 2000), the Cleveland Indians (1998-1999), the Houston Astros (2000) and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000). After a Rookie of the Year-winning debut season in 1984, he won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award with a 24-4 record and a 1.53 ERA. "Doctor K" was a four-time N.L. All-Star (1984-86, 88) and the ace of the Club's 1986 World Series Championship team. He was the starting pitcher for the Senior Circuit in the 1986 Midsummer Classic in Houston. The Florida native won at least 15 games in six of his first seven Major League seasons and won 17 games or more in five of his first seven years. Gooden threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in the 1996 season, and he was a part of the Club's World Championships in both 1996 and 2000. He posted a 194-112 mark with a 3.51 ERA in his 16-year career.


Howard Johnson

CLINIC, 1:00PM - 1:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Howard Johnson played in the Major Leagues from 1982-1995 with the Detroit Tigers (1982-1984), the New York Mets (1985-1993), the Colorado Rockies (1994) and the Chicago Cubs (1995). The third baseman represented the Mets in the All-Star Game in 1989 and 1991 and he finished fifth in MVP balloting in both of those years. He posted National League highs and career bests with 38 home runs and 117 RBI in 1991, the last of his three "30-30" seasons. The versatile Johnson was a part of the Mets' 1986 World Series Championship Club and he also played for the Tigers' World Series-winning team in 1984. He batted .249 in his career with 228 home runs, 760 RBI and 231 stolen bases.


Ozzie "The Wizard" Smith

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

The Wizard, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 played short stop from 1978-1996 with the San Diego Padres (1978-1981) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1996). Smith, nicknamed "The Wizard" for his defensive brilliance, holds a Major League record for career assist (8,375) and previously held the double plays (1, 590) record. The 15-time All-Star (1981-92, 94-96), 13-time Gold Glover (1980-92) and World Series Champion (1982), accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases during his 19 year Major League career. After helping the Cardinals win the World Series in 1982, his game-winning home run during the Game 5 of the 1985 NLC Series prompted broadcaster Jack Buck's "Go Crazy, folks!" call.


Lou Brock

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM
CLINIC, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

Hall of Famer, Lou Brock holds the World Series record with a .391 batting average in 21 post-season games. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985, the six time All-Star (1967, 71, 72, 74, 75, 79), led the National League in stolen bases eight times en route to career total of 938 stolen bases. Brock hit .293 with 3,023 hits, 1,610 runs scored, 486 doubles, 141 triples, and 900 RBI over his 19 Major League career seasons.


Sid Fernandez

CLINIC, 4:00PM - 4:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Sid Fernandez played 15 seasons in the Majors as a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1983), New York Mets (1984-93), Baltimore Orioles (1994-95), Philadelphia Phillies (1995-96) and the Houston Astros (1997). A two-time All-Star (1986-87), Fernandez compiled a 114-96 record with a 3.336 ERA and 1,743 strikeouts in 1866.2 innings pitched. A World Series Champion - member of the 86' Amazin Mets, Fernandez logged 6.2 innings while allowing one earned run on six hits with 10 strikeouts to defeat the Boston Red Sox. As a Honolulu Hawaii native, Sid Fernandez wore uniform number 50 throughout his career in honor of Hawaii being the 50th state.


Ron Hunt

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Q&A SESSION, 1:30PM - 2:00PM

Ron Hunt played in the Major Leagues from 1963-1974 with the New York Mets (1963-66), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1967), the San Francisco Giants (1968-70), the Montreal Expos (1971-74) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1974). The second baseman was an All-Star in 1964, when he batted .303, and 1966. He finished second for National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1963 with the Mets, batting .272 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI. He led the N.L. in being hit by pitches each year from 1968-1974. With a proficient eye at the plate in his 12-year career, Hunt batted .273 with 39 homers, 370 RBI and a .368 on-base percentage.


Barry Lyons

Q&A SESSION, 4:00PM - 4:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Barry Lyons was a Major League Catcher from 1986-1991 with the New York Mets (1986-1990), Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-1991), California Angels (1991) and the Chicago White Sox (1995). Lyons batted .239 with 15 home runs, 89 RBI and 150 hits in 628 at-bats, over his seven year career. Leading up to the 1986 season, Barry had spent his time on minor league teams that won championships at the Single-A, Double -A and Triple-A level before receiving his 1986 World Championship ring as a member of the Amazin Mets.



Jesse Orosco

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
CLINIC, 6:00PM - 6:30PM

Orosco was a Major League relief pitcher from 1979-2003 with the New York Mets (1979-87), Los Angeles Dodgers (1988, 2001-02), Cleveland Indians (1989-91), Milwaukee Brewers (1992-94), Baltimore Orioles (1995-99), St. Louis Cardinals (2000), San Diego Padres (2003), New York Yankees (2003), Minnesota Twins (2003). Two-time All-Star, Orsoco is also a two-time World Series Champion, having won with the Amazing Mets in 1986 and with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. Orosco went 87-80 with a 3.16 ERA, 1,179 strikeouts in 1295.1 innings pitched with a Major League record setting 1,252 games pitched over his 24-year Major League Year career.


Maybelle Blair

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

An accomplished softball player, Maybelle switched to baseball for one season and played with the Peoria Redwings in 1948. Before joining the AAGPBL, she played professional softball with the Chicago Cardinals. She also played second base and the outfield with the world champion New Orleans Jax.


Noella Alverson

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game


Carolyn Odell

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

At the age of 14, Carolyn Odell was the bat girl for the All American Girls Professional Baseball Team, South Bend Blue Sox. She provided support in 1945 and 1946 at the Blue Sox home field, Playland Park. Carolyn is featured in Jim Sargent's book "South Bend Blue Sox."


Shirley Burkovich

Q&A SESSION, 3:00PM - 3:30PM

"Hustle" toured with the 1950 Springfield Sallies and Chicago Colleens and played with Rockford in 1951. In her short career with the league, she is credited with ending a 12-inning game with a single into centerfield to drive in the winning run. She had a speaking part in the movie "A League of Their Own."


David Wright

DIAMOND CLINIC, 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Drafted in 2001, Wright is currently the Mets Franchise leaders in RBI, Doubles, Total Bases, runs scored, walks and hits. Nicknamed Captain America, for his heroics during the World Baseball Classic (2009, 2013), he is a seven time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover, two-time silver slugger and Rookie of the Year (2004). Part of the 30-30 club (30 home runs, 30 stolen bases in 2007) will lead the NL squad in the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field.


John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley's path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in "Platoon," the first of a long list of collaborations between Stone and McGinley which includes "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Nixon" and "Any Given Sunday."


TUESDAY, JULY 16


Jesse Orosco

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Orosco was a Major League relief pitcher from 1979-2003 with the New York Mets (1979-87), Los Angeles Dodgers (1988, 2001-02), Cleveland Indians (1989-91), Milwaukee Brewers (1992-94), Baltimore Orioles (1995-99), St. Louis Cardinals (2000), San Diego Padres (2003), New York Yankees (2003), Minnesota Twins (2003). Two-time All-Star, Orsoco is also a two-time World Series Champion, having won with the Amazing Mets in 1986 and with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. Orosco went 87-80 with a 3.16 ERA, 1,179 strikeouts in 1295.1 innings pitched with a Major League record setting 1,252 games pitched over his 24-year Major League Year career.







John Franco

Q&A SESSION, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
PHOTO OP,11:00AM - 11:30AM

John Franco played 21 seasons in the Majors as a left-handed reliever for the Cincinnati Reds (1984-89), Mets (1990-2004) and Houston Astros (2005). The Brooklyn, New York native compiled a career record of 90-87 with 424 saves and a 2.89 ERA over 1,119 appearances. In 1,245.2 innings pitched, he permitted 466 runs (400 earned) on 1,166 hits with 495 walks and 975 strikeouts. The four-time NL All-Star (1986-87, 89-90) led the NL in saves on three occasions - 1988 (39 saves), 1990 (33) and 1994 (30). A product of St. John's University, Franco ranks fourth on Major League Baseball's all-time saves list, and he holds the record for saves by a left-handed pitcher. In 15 career Postseason appearances, all with the Mets, Franco was 2-0 with one save and a 1.88 ERA (three earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched). John was acquired by the Mets in December 1989 along with Don Brown from the Reds in exchange for Randy Myers and Kip Gross. Franco, who was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame last June, is currently in his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Mets.


Phil Neikro

PHOTO OP, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Q&A SESSION, 11:00AM - 11:30AM

Phil Niekro was a 1997 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after a 24-year career with the Milwaukee Braves (1964-65), the Atlanta Braves (1966-83, 1987), the New York Yankees (1984-85), the Cleveland Indians (1986-87) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1987). A member of the 300-win club, he posted a career record of 318-274 with a 3,35 ERA. He was a five-time All-Star spanning across three decades (1969, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984) and a five-time N.L. Gold Glove Award winner (1978-80, 1982-83). He captured the 1967 NL ERA championship by posting a 1.87 ERA over 207.0 innings pitched in 46 games (20 starts). He posted three 20-win seasons in his 24-year Major League career (1969, 1974, and 1979). Niekro led the NL with 262 strikeouts in 1977 and he paced the NL in complete games in 1974 and from 1977-79. He combined with brother Joe Niekro to form the most winning pair of brothers in Major League history with a total of 539 wins between the two of them.



Darryl Strawberry

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Darryl Strawberry was a Major League outfielder from 1983-1999 with the New York Mets (1983-90), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991-93), San Francisco Giants (1994) and the New York Yankees (1995-99). Former Rookie of the Year (1983), Strawberry is an eight time All-Star (1984-91), two time Sliver Slugger (1988, 90) and part of the 30-30 clubs (30HR & 30SB, 1987). In addition, Strawberry is a four-time World Series Champion with the New York Mets (1986) and the New York Yankees (1996, 98-99). In the Strawberry was on the winning team eight out of ten times, in 40 postseason games, Strawberry hit nine home runs with 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored. In MLB history, Strawberry is one of three players to have played for four of the storied francizes in the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants.




Orlando Cepeda

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Q&A 1:00PM - 1:30PM

Orlando Cepeda played in the Major Leagues from 1958-1974 with the San Francisco Giants (1958-66), the St. Louis Cardinals (1966-68), the Atlanta Braves (1969-72), the Oakland Athletics (1972), the Boston Red Sox (1973) and the Kansas City Royals (1974). Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, he hit .297 with 379 home runs and 1,365 RBI in his career. He was named to 10 All-Star teams and played in nine Midsummer Classics, and he was the 1967 National League Most Valuable Player after hitting .325 with 25 home runs and 111 RBI for the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .311 with career-highs of 46 home runs and 142 RBI in 1961, finishing second in NL NVP balloting. He finished in the NL's top 10 in batting average eight times. The 1958 NL Rookie of the Year, nicknamed "Baby Bull," is a native of Puerto Rico.




Amos Otis

Q&A SESSION, 12:30PM - 1:00PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Otis was an outfielder from 1967-1984 with the New York Mets (1967-1969), Kansas City Royals (1970-1983) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1984). Otis is a five-time All-Star (1970-73, 76) and three-time Gold Glover (1971, 1973-74). Over a 17 year Major League Career, Otis hit .277 with 2,020 hits, 193 home runs, 1,007 RBI, 374 doubles and 341 stolen bases.







Rollie Fingers

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Rollie Fingers pitched in the Major Leagues from 1968-1985 and was a key pitcher for Oakland's three straight World Series Championship teams from 1972-74. A 1992 inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a seven-time All-Star and the 1981 winner of both the American League Most Valuable Player and the A.L. Cy Young Award after going 6-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 28 saves for the Brewers. Fingers was the Most Valuable Player of the 1974 World Series after going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two saves in four games. Fingers won 10 or more games in four seasons and led his League in saves and games pitched three times each.







Gaylord Perry

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Gaylord Perry, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, pitched for 22 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1962-1983. Perry, a five-time All Star, is one of five pitchers in Major League history to win the Cy Young Award in each League, capturing the award in the American League in 1972 and in the National League in 1978. In addition, he recorded five seasons of at least 20 wins en route to 314 career victories. In 1972 with the Cleveland Indians, he led the A.L. in wins, posting a 24-16 record, with an ERA of 1.92. In 1978, Perry went 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA for the San Diego Padres, leading the N.L. in wins. Gaylord and his brother, Jim (1970), are the only pair of brothers in Major League history to each win the Cy Young Award.






Juan Marichal

AUTOGRAPH SESSION, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Juan Marichal, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, pitched for 16 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1960-1975. Marichal, a 10-time All-Star (1962-69, 71, twice in '62), entered the Major Leagues on July 19, 1960 with the San Francisco Giants as the second native pitcher to come from the Dominican Republic and remains to date, as the only player from Dominican Republic to be elected into the Hall of Fame. In addition he recorded six seasons of at least 20 wins en route to 243 career victories. In 1968 he led the NL in wins (26) with a 2.43 ERA and a league leading 30 complete games while logging 325.2 innings. Marichal won more games during the 1960's decade (191) than any other Major League Pitcher. Marichal is one of two pitchers (Koufax) in the post-war era (1946-present) to have more than one season of 25 or more wins, a feat Juan Marichal accomplished three times.



Maybelle Blair

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

An accomplished softball player, Maybelle switched to baseball for one season and played with the Peoria Redwings in 1948. Before joining the AAGPBL, she played professional softball with the Chicago Cardinals. She also played second base and the outfield with the world champion New Orleans Jax.


Noella Alverson

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game


Carolyn Odell

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

At the age of 14, Carolyn Odell was the bat girl for the All American Girls Professional Baseball Team, South Bend Blue Sox. She provided support in 1945 and 1946 at the Blue Sox home field, Playland Park. Carolyn is featured in Jim Sargent's book "South Bend Blue Sox."


Shirley Burkovich

Q&A SESSION, 2:00PM - 2:30PM

"Hustle" toured with the 1950 Springfield Sallies and Chicago Colleens and played with Rockford in 1951. In her short career with the league, she is credited with ending a 12-inning game with a single into centerfield to drive in the winning run. She had a speaking part in the movie "A League of Their Own."


Vera Clemente

PHOTO OP, 11:30AM - 12:00PM

Vera Clemente was designated a goodwill ambassador of Major League Baseball on Thursday, October 29 at the 2009 World Series.

In her capacity as a goodwill ambassador to Major League Baseball, Mrs. Clemente shall encourage all baseball fans around the world to embrace baseball's enduring and uncompromising commitment to courage and character. She also raises awareness of MLB's role in the community beyond the game of baseball itself, and encourage world-wide community participation in MLB's community initiatives.