More than 1,300 players, coaches and managers from all 30 MLB Clubs have collectively pledged a record donation of $2,282,125 to the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) during the organization's tenth annual Spring Training tour to raise funds for members of the Baseball Family in need of assistance.
It began with a playful 80-year-old Willie Mays talking baseball in commanding fashion for 15 priceless minutes, finally declaring "The Catch" during the 1954 Giants-Indians World Series his most memorable moment in a hallowed Major League Baseball career.
Ed Kranepool joined the Mets in June of their original 1962 season, when they lost more games (120) than any team in Major League Baseball history. He was a key player on their 1969 team that amazed everyone in winning the World Series.
Members of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks reunite at the B.A.T. Celebrity Ball in Arizona.
Gary Caraballo wasn't the most recognizable name -- not even close -- when the Baseball Assistance Team hosted its Going to Bat for B.A.T. dinneron Tuesday.
Pete Walker is a former Major League pitcher now working as a pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization.
On July 13, 2010, New York Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner passed away. B.A.T. wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and to the baseball family as a whole.
This summer, members of the Baseball Assistance Team visited Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to see grant recipients and spread the message that B.A.T. is ready to help members of the baseball family in the Latin community.
The Baseball Assistance Team traveled west to the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim in July.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Joe Morgan has been chosen to serve as the dinner chairman for the 2011 Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner.
Since widows, spouses, children and parents of members of the baseball family are eligible for assistance from the Baseball Assistance Team, it became clear that B.A.T. needed a conduit to reach them.
Brian Holman played four years in the Major Leagues with the Expos and Mariners.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) hosted the 21st Annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010.
Over 1,100 players committed $1.85 million in donations to B.A.T. this Spring Training, totaling more than $9 million pledged over the eight years of the B.A.T. Spring Training Tour.
Phyllis Merhige is in her 35th year at Major League Baseball.