Here are some of the baseball legends that have come to the MLB Players Alumni Clinic at Maine's Fenway Park in Honor of Harold Alfond®.
Here are their biographies.
Mike Torres [P]. 18 seasons, 185 wins , one 20 game win season, ERA 3.96, World Series Champion [beat Tommy John in thethird game of the 1977 World Series], played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Expos, NY Yankees, BostonRed Sox, NY Mets, and the Oakland Athletic s.
Bucky Dent [SS]. 12 seasons, two time World Series Champion NY Yankees , 1978 World Series MVP, three-time All-Star. Dent is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. Played for NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.
Bruce Berenyi [P]. 7 seasons, World Series Champion 1986 Mets, also played for the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins.
Tom Burgmeier [P]. 17 seasons, played for the California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's. American League All-Star team in 1980.
Larry Gowell [P]. Born in Lewiston, Maine. Played with the NY Yankees and has the distinction of being the last American League pitcher to get a hit at the close of the pre-designated hitter era.
Bobby Grich [2B]. 17 seasons, first player elected to the Angels' Hall of Fame , 6-time All-Star , 4-time Gold Glove, three consecutive home runs in a game. Played in 5 American League Championship Series. Played for the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels
Pete Ladd [P]. Born in Portland , Maine . 6 seasons relief pitcher , Lifetime ERA 4.14 [2.55 in 1983 as a regular closer for the Brewer s], ACLS Champion/World Series Relief Pitcher, played for the Hou ston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and Seattle Mariners.
Jerry Moses [C]. 9 seasons, played for Boston Red Sox-AL All Star Team, California Angels, Cleveland Indians , NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox.
Chico Walker [OF/IF]. 11 seasons, played for Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, California Angels, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets
Matt Merullo [C] had a six-year career in the major leagues, primarily as a catcher. Played for Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins. One of his proudest moments was going 2 for 2 with a couple of RBIs while facing Roger Clemens.
Ron Hansen [SS] Had a 14 year career in the major leagues, played for the Balitmore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals. He finished his career as a utility for the Yankees and Kansas City, and later became a coach and minor league manager. In 2007, he was still in baseball, as a major league scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. 2× All-Star selection (1960, 1960²), 1960 AL Rookie of the Year, Unassisted triple play (July 30, 1968)
Ross Moschitto [OF] Played for the New York Yankees. He was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1964. Moschitto is only one of seven players to have more career game appearances than plate appearances.
Tommy John [P] had a 26 year career in the major leagues. He played for Cleveland Indians (1963–1964), Chicago White Sox (1965–1971), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972–1974, 1976–1978), New York Yankees (1979–1982), California Angels (1982–1985), Oakland Athletics (1985),New York Yankees (1986–1989). In the middle of an excellent 1974 season he permanently damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, leading to a revolutionary surgical operation. This operation, now known as Tommy John surgery, replaced the ligament in the elbow of his pitching arm with a tendon from his right forearm. After Phil Niekro's retirement, John spent 1988 and 1989 as the oldest player in the major leagues. 4× All-Star (1968, 1978, 1979, 1980), 1976 Hutch Award, 1976 NL Comeback Player of the Year, 1981 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Geoff Hixson, Chief Operating Officer, MLBPAA. Geoff Hixson has been with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association since 1997. His duties include the coordination of the MLBPAA staff, overseeing and execution of more than 70 celebrity fundraising events and more than 75 free youth clinics for kids nationwide. In addition, he is responsible for the expansion and continued growth of the organization by helping to diversify existing programs and the creation of new programs to involve the former and current Major League player in the charity-based mission of the MLBPAA.Hixson has more than 15 years of sport and special event background. He spent three years in Minor League Baseball with the Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers (now Redhawks) and two years at Oklahoma Events, a marketing and special events company, where he assisted in the coordination of many events, including the Vince Gill Celebrity Golf Classic.