Lasorda Speaks At Baseball Fundraiser
Dec. 8, 2000
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Thursday evening, December 7th, The Pyramid played host to the first, large scale baseball fund raising effort under University of Memphis new head baseball coach Dave Anderson. A dinner, featuring former Los Angeles Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, and a silent auction were held to raise money to refurbish Nat Buring Stadium, the Tigers' south campus baseball facility.
Anderson, who won a World Series as a shortstop with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, invited his former coach and United States Olympic team manager Tommy Lasorda to speak to a crowd of 750 Tiger fans and supporters on the arena floor of the Pyramid.
Lasorda entertained the crowd with jokes and stories from his days managing the Dodgers, and spoke of the importance of bringing the Olympic Gold Medal for baseball home to the United States. He also gave a public vote of confidence to Anderson, whom he referred to as one of his favorite players, and someone who "... truly knows the game of baseball and the game of life."
The evening closed with a silent auction, that included items such as autographed baseballs and baseball cards from hall of famers, signed basketballs from John Calipari and Joye Lee-McNelis, a selection of fine wines, and various other memorabilia. The evening, which is expected to generate approximately $75,000 for the baseball program, was entertaining, and served as a great start to the Dave Anderson Era of Tiger baseball.