Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Youngstown State Baseball First Pitch Breakfast, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at The Embassy in Boardman.
Jenkins is the second Hall of Famer in as many years who will speak at the annual fundraiser, following 2015 featured guest Johnny Bench. The event will also provide fans the opportunity to meet the 2016 Penguins baseball squad, enjoy a breakfast buffet and bid in live and silent auctions on an impressive lineup of Major League Baseball memorabilia, unique baseball experiences and YSU baseball gear.
General admission tickets are $20 apiece, and reserved seats are $30 each. There are corporate and family tables available for $500, which include 10 breakfast and raffle tickets, premium seating at the event, recognition on YSUsports.com and a custom Ferguson Jenkins autographed item. Premium reserved tables are also available for $300.
Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. with the buffet beginning at 8:30 and the program commencing at 9.
"It's exciting that another MLB Hall of Fame player will be our 2016 First Pitch Breakfast speaker," YSU head coach Steve Gillispie said. "We have been truly blessed with the people who have headlined our event in the past, and Fergie Jenkins' pedigree provides us with one more whose stories and experiences will be great to hear."
"We are very proud of how this event has developed since 2013, and we are extremely grateful for all of the people who have helped make it not only a great YSU event, but also a great event for all baseball enthusiasts in our Valley."
Jenkins starred for the Chicago Cubs for most of his career, and he also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox from 1965-83. The first Canadian to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, he had a record of 284-226 in the Majors with 3,192 strikeouts and a 3.34 ERA. He won 20 games in seven different seasons, including six straight from 1967-72, and he won the Cy Young in 1971.
Jenkins is one of four pitchers in Major League history to strike out at least 3,000 batters and walk fewer than 1,000, joining Greg Maddux, Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez. The Cubs retired number 31, which both Jenkins and Maddux wore, in 2009.
Tickets will be on sale at the Beeghly Center merchandise booth during YSU men's and women's basketball games and at the Athletics Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Other tickets can be arranged and questions can be answered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Kevin Smallcomb at email@example.com.
The Embassy is located at 5030 Youngstown-Poland Road in Boardman (44512).