MANCHESTER - With just a few days to go before the 2012 Granite State Baseball Dinner, an annual charitable event, the dinner committee has confirmed several new guests for this year’s event.
Former Red Sox Bob Stanley and Rich Gedman headline the latest group of distinguished guests for the fundraising dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental, on Nov. 17 at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester.
Stanley and Gedman, both key figures on the 1986 American League Champions, join Pittsburgh Pirates lefty and New Hampshire native Jeff Locke, Fisher Cats owner Art Solomon, Fisher Cats pitching coach Tom Signore, former player and executive turned pro-scout Jim Beattie, and Miss New Hampshire 2012, Megan Lyman to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock), the Ted Williams Foundation and the Fisher Cats Foundation.
The newest attendees join baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, two-time World Series champion Chris Carpenter, and former slugger Cecil Fielder. Former big leaguers like Mike LaValliere, Ron Blomberg and Scott McGregor will also attend, along with a mix of Fisher Cats alumni and up-and-coming prospects from New Hampshire.
The event begins with an autograph session and silent auction with the honored guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., leading into the start of the evening’s program.
During this year’s live auction, fans can bid on a once-in-a-life-time item: a four-day, three-night fishing excursion with Chris Carpenter to Malbaie River Lodge in Quebec.
Stanley returns to the dinner after completing his first season as a pitching coach in the Blue Jays organization. A native of Maine, “The Steamer” played his entire 13-year career with the Red Sox, retiring with 132 saves, a team record in 1989.
Gedman, a native of Worcester, Mass., played 11 of his 13 major league seasons with the Red Sox beginning in 1980. Gedman played more than 1,000 career games, compiling a .252 career batting average.