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‘Night of Memories’ makes long-awaited return with all-star lineup of special guests

Star-studded cast of MLB players signed autographs during Saturday’s event
‘Night of Memories’ makes long-awaited return with all-star lineup of special guests
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 8:30 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Stars of Major League Baseball shined brightly on Evansville this weekend at the annual “Night of Memories” event.

The Tri-State Hot Stove League has been putting on the “Night of Memories” fundraising event for nearly 30 years, but the event was derailed by COVID-19 in 2021.

With an all-star cast in town, the event returned in grand fashion at a brand new location. The “Night of Memories” was held inside the Carson Center at the University of Evansville on Saturday.

Headliners for the highly anticipated event included Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, five-time MLB All-Star outfielder Andruw Jones and former St. Louis Cardinals All-Star outfielder Ray Lankford.

‘Night of Memories’ makes long-awaited return with all-star lineup of special guests
‘Night of Memories’ makes long-awaited return with all-star lineup of special guests

Also in attendance were former Cardinals’ pitcher Al Hrabosky, Central graduate and World Series champion Aaron Barrett, Mater Dei alumnus and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, Reitz graduate and New York Yankees minor leaguer Elijah Dunham, as well as former Southridge baseball standout and Chicago White Sox first-round draft pick Colson Montgomery.

“It’s great to be here in Evansville,” Gossage said. “I’ve been trying to get up here since I met Don Mattingly his rookie year in 1983, I believe - my last year with the Yankees and Donnie’s first year. What we’re going to do is raise some money for a lot of different scholarships, and always it’s great to be able to lend your name to something like this.”

Former New York Yankees pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage signs an autographed...
Former New York Yankees pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage signs an autographed jersey during the Tri-State Hot Stove League 2022 Night of Memories on Saturday afternoon.(WFIE)

“It’s good to be part of a good cause, and they’re doing a good job,” Jones said. “[Major League Baseball Players Association] is doing a good job to ask ex-baseball players and current baseball players involved with the community, so we come out here and support a good cause.”

Since 1993, the Tri-State Hot Stove League has raised over $1.5 million for over 100 local youth organizations and athletic programs.

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder and five-time MLB All-Star Andruw Jones signs autographs...
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder and five-time MLB All-Star Andruw Jones signs autographs during the Tri-State Hot Stove League 2022 Night of Memories at the University of Evansville’s Carson Center on Saturday.(WFIE)

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