Four-Time All-Star to be Special Guest at Pioneers Hot Stove Dinner
Elmira, N.Y. — The Elmira Pioneers, along with the Hilliard Corporation and the Elmira Business Institute, are excited to announce that former Major League pitcher Tommy John will be a special guest at this year’s 3rd annual Elmira Pioneers Hot Stove Dinner.
The dinner will take place on April 20th at the Holiday Inn Riverview and tickets will cost $50. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tommy John will host a speaking engagement following the dinner which will end with a question and answer session. After the speaking engagement, there will be a live auction which will include Tommy John memorabilia along with many other items, there will also be door prize giveaways.
Prior to the dinner and beginning at 5:30, there will be a one hour VIP meet and greet with tickets costing $50. The ticket includes a free Tommy John item for Tommy John to autograph, personalized photo opportunities with Tommy John, free autographs and personalized autographs up to two items, and special door prize giveaways.
Tickets to the VIP meet and greet and the dinner and speaking engagement will be sold separately. Tickets can be purchased for either one or both events by visiting the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or calling 607-734-2690.
The special guest of the event, Tommy John, is a 26-year MLB veteran who made 4 All-Star Teams, won 288 games, and struck out over 2,000 batters. John played for six teams during his career which included the Yankees, Angles, Indians, White Sox, Dodgers, and Athletics. He also captured three pennants, two with the Dodgers, and one with the Yankees.
Perhaps what John is best known for today is the famous surgery named after him. John was the first patient to receive the procedure from Dr. Frank Jobe who gave John a 1 in 100 chance of returning to baseball. John did more than just return to baseball as after the surgery he would go on to win 164 more games in his career and play 13 more seasons after the surgery. As of 2013, 25% of active Major League pitchers had received Tommy John surgery at some point in their careers.
The Pioneers are excited to get the 2017 season underway! There will be a spectacular post-game fireworks show following the games on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd that you will not want to miss! Season tickets are on sale now. In order to reserve your seat at Dunn Field this summer visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or call 607-734-2690.
The Elmira Pioneers are members of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. For more information about the Pioneers next home games visit the Pioneers front office at 546 Luce Street or contact the box office at 607-734-2690. 2017 season tickets are now on sale! For more information on the team or season tickets, visit theelmirapioneers.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PioneersPGCBL and catch all of the action live through our Ustream channel.