Last night I attended the 7th annual Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet & Auction. For the past seven years, the Crosscutters have been bringing in all types of colorful guests to entertain fans while at the same time raising money for a good cause. This year the guest lineup included Denny McLain, Tom O’Malley, Justin De Fratus, and other members of the baseball community. Good food, great stories, cool memorabilia, all in the middle of a snow storm.
View from my seat. The Genetti Hotel Ballroom was packed.
Denny McLain is the last pitcher to win 30 games in a single season. In 1968, he went 31-6. I highly doubt this will ever happen again. Listening to his stories about Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were very fun. McLain even mentioned that he is in talks to do a potential reality T.V. show. Given his interesting history, it would probably make for some fun T.V. Perhaps he and Pete Rose could do a crossover episode.
Phillies relief pitcher Justin De Fratus (on left)