PHOTOS: 4th Annual Hot Stove League Dinner & Auction

Last night the Williamsport Crosscutters presented the 4th Annual Hot Stove League Dinner & Auction at the Genetti Hotel.  This is the third dinner I have attended and it was a lot of fun.  I’m really glad the Crosscutters are affiliated with the Phillies because they have brought in some great people who tell some very entertaining baseball stories.  This was the first time the event took place without Harry Kalas who was deeply missed.  Before any interviews took place they played a short movie which was a tribute to Harry and featured some of his most famous calls.

During dinner, you could sit back and relax while listening to various guests that included Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy,  former Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson, and the Phillies Asst. GM Scott Proefrock.  Throughout the evening, the Crosscutters mascot Boomer and the Phanatic made their way around to everyone’s table.  Check out some of the photos.  Click on each one to enlarge.



Phillies Asst. GM Scott Proefrock on the left, and the Crosscutters Vice President/Marketing & Public Relations Gabe Sinicropi to the right.


Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy


Former Phillies outfielder and now hitting coach Milt Thompson


Former Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles being interviewed by Gabe.


I took one of my new bats along and got Tom McCarthy, Dickie Noles, and Milt Thompson to sign it.


Phanatic came over to say “hi”.


The Genetti Hotel has been around for 87 years.  It has seen a ton of historic figures pass through its halls.  The hotel has a bunch of photos on display of some of the celebrities who have visited.  This picture of Cy Young and Connie Mack stood out to me.  I could have gotten some autographs that night 🙂

Host Hotels for March Philly Show

I just received an e-mail from Paul Kutch, who is the Show Manager for the Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show.  They were able to negotiate cheaper room rates for vendors and guests of the show.  Check out the e-mail below.  Remember that the show is March 13-15, 2009 at the Valley Forge Convention Center.  

“Hi Everyone,

I had a meeting with the Valley Forge Convention Center earlier in the week.  After a discussion with them regarding the room rate in the two host hotels that are attached to the convention center, I was able to negotiate a much better room rate for vendors and guests of the show.  The original rate they gave us was $129/night.  If you contact them at the information provided below you can obtain a Room rate of $89/night plus tax for either the Radisson or the Scanticon hotels.  Be sure to tell them that you are part of the Sports Collectibles show to obtain this rate.


The packets are being finalized in regards to things such as electric, banner hanging, phones, etc.  I should have them out to everyone shortly. 

Paul Kutch

Show Manager

Philadelphia Sports Collectors Show
“The Philly Show”
256 Welsh Pool Road
Exton, PA 19341

ph: 302-455-9438