Morandini and Williams headline 12th Annual Hot Stove Banquet
WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced their 12th Annual Hot Stove Banquet will be held on Wednesday, January 24 in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. The event is presented in part by Panda Patriot Power, River Valley Transit, WRAK 1400AM, and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Guests at this year’s event include two former Phillies from the 1993 National League Championship team; second baseman Mickey Morandini and relief pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. They will be joined by Cutters manager Pat Borders who was their opponent in the 1993 World Series while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Original League in Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball.
The evening will consist of a full-course dinner, along with interviews and question and answer segments with many of the special guests. There will also be both live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia.
Morandini spent 11 seasons (1990-2000) as a player in the Major Leagues with the Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. He began his coaching career as the manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2011. He spent the last two seasons as the first base coach for Philadelphia. Williams played for six teams in his 12-year MLB career including three seasons with the Phillies (1991-1993). He was also a studio analyst for the MLB Network from 2009-2014. Borders, who had a 17- year career as a Major League catcher, was the World Series MVP in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He will begin his fourth season as the Williamsport manager in 2018.
Other highlights of the event include the inductions of the latest members to the Bowman Field Hall of Fame and the Lycoming County Sports Walk. Those inductees are expected to be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.
The ballroom doors open at 5:30 PM with the dinner and entertainment portion of the event kicking off at 6:30 PM. An autograph session will take place at the close of evening.
Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased by calling the Cutters offices at (570) 326-3389 or ordering online at www.crosscutters.com. This event is a virtual sell-out every year, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now. Reserved seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis as tickets are ordered. Business sponsorships for the event are also available.
The Crosscutters 20th anniversary season opens on Friday, June 15 as Williamsport hosts the rival State CollegeSpikes.