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Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Speak at UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner

The Center for Marketing Research (CMR) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is proud to announce former Red Sox pitcher, Hall of Famer, Dennis Eckersley will be the celebrity speaker at their 12th Annual Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner on April 25, 2012 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA.

Dennis Lee Eckersley or “Eck” as he is nicknamed, was born on October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California. He is a former American Major League Baseball pitcher and a recipient of the 1992 American League Cy Young Award, given to honor the best pitches in both the American and National Leagues.

Eckersley was first drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 1972 amateur draft straight out of high school and made his Major League debut on April 12, 1975. Not long after, Eckersley was awarded the American League Rookie Pitcher of the year in 1975 after establishing a 13-7 record and 2.60 ERA (earned run average). In 1978, Eckersley was traded to the Boston Red Sox where he was noted for his career-high 2.99 ERA in 1978 and 1979.

After a series of trades, Eckersley found his calling as a closing pitcher with the Oakland Athletics. He saved 16 games in 1987 and by 1988 he had a record leading 45 saves! Throughout the next five years he saved over 220 games and his ERA was never higher than a 2.96.

Honored as the American League Most Valuable Player in 1992, Eckersley is the last pitcher to have received this award. After a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996, Eckersley returned to the Boston Red Sox in 1998 to finish his last season. Today, you can find “Honest Eck,” as fans call him, on NESN as a post-game coverage analyst for the Boston Red Sox. Fans love him and his willingness to speak the truth about what he sees on the field and the unconventional jargon he uses to explain plays and players. Eckersley’s many awards and nominations signify how much of a valuable player he is to our baseball history.

This is an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with a true baseball legend. Guests will enjoy a full-course dinner and straight baseball talk with Eckersley and Boston Globe sports writer, Bob Ryan as he talks with Eckersley on stage! Come be a part of this exciting event and hear Dennis Eckersley speak about his life and career experiences. Dinner tickets are $75.00 each ($750 for a table of 10). Pictures will be available for purchase and autographed by Eckersley. There will be a silent auction of autographed Eckersley’s baseball memorabilia.

You can be a part of this unique event in a number of ways. Buy tickets for any sports fan, donate a scholarship and take the stage with Mr. Eckersley as it is awarded, or purchase an ad in the keepsake program. To purchase tickets, or obtain more information, please contact Ava Lescault by phone at 508-910-6435 or email to alescault@umassd.edu.

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