During the summer, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats honored Granite State native Chris Carpenter by retiring his St. Louis Cardinals jersey at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
On Saturday, Carpenter, a two-time World Series champion and Cy Young Award winner, will headline the annual Granite State Baseball Dinner along with Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. The dinner is set for 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester.
Joining Carpenter and Bradley Jr. at the head table are many former and current major league stars, including slugger Cecil Fielder, many years with the Detroit Tigers; Luis Tiant, major league pitcher for 19 years, including eight with the Red Sox and the team’s ace in the 1975 World Series; Chris Colabello, first baseman/outfielder of the Toronto Blue Jays; four-time All-Star and outfielder Dante Bichette; former World Wrestling Federation champion Bob Backlund; Bob Stanley, pitching coach for the Fisher Cats and former pitcher of the Boston Red Sox; former Orioles pitcher of 13 years Scott McGregor, and a member of the 1983 World Series winning team; Victoria Arlen of Exeter, a gold medal winner in the 2012 Paralympic Games; current Orioles pitcher Oliver Drake; former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, a two-time All-Star;
Also, Littleton native Rich Gale, former Red Sox pitcher and pitching coach; Fisher Cats pitcher Taylor Cole, who led the team in innings pitched this year; Dwier Brown, a veteran actor who played Kevin Costner’s father in the film, “Field of Dreams”; Concord native and former Southern New Hampshire University pitcher Derrick Sylvester, now pitching in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization; Michael Fransoso, former Portsmouth star who spent the 2015 season with Pittsburgh’s Advanced-A team; Miss New Hampshire Holly Blanchard; Greg LaRocca, a Manchester West graduate who played three seasons in the major leagues; Exeter native Carson Cross, a pitcher for the University of Connecticut who was drafted by the Cardinals this year; Kevin McGowan, Nashua North product, pitcher with the Binghamton Mets;
Muji Karim, former University of New Hampshire football player who is aiming for the 2016 Paralympic Games with running blades; and Skip Lockwood, a former major league pitcher who posted a 3.55 ERA over 13 seasons.
Silent and live auctions and a raffle will take place to help raise money. Carpenter has donated a one-hour pitching lesson to the silent auction.
The live auction will feature a private batting practice session for 10 people with Carpenter before a 2016 Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The winning bidder will be treated to batting practice with Carpenter, and then enjoy the game in a fully catered luxury suite.
The Fisher Cats are partnering with Primary Bank to host a coat drive in conjunction with the dinner. Guests can bring a new or gently used coat to the event. The coat will then be donated to New Horizons for New Hampshire.
People who can’t attend the dinner, but wish to drop off a coat, may leave it with dinner staff at the hotel from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday. New Horizons Executive Director Charlie Sherman is serving as the master of ceremonies for this year’s dinner.
Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Ted Williams Foundation, and the Fisher Cats Foundation. Last year’s event donated more than $140,000 for these organizations, and since 2007, the dinner has raised more than $1.28 million.