Members of the Rome Lions and Lake Delta Kiwanis Clubs will be hosting the 11th Annual Legends of the Diamond Dinner on Tuesday May 13, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Recovery Sports Grill in Verona. This year the Clubs proudly welcome former Yankee great, first baseman Chris Chambliss. Prior events included baseball legends Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tommy John, Joe Pepitone, Bob Feller, Bobby Richardson, Ken Griffey Sr., Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Luis Tiant, Bucky Dent and most recently Roy White.
Chambliss was the 1971 American League Rookie of the Year as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 1974 and appeared in the 1976 All-Star Game. In the 1976 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Kansas City Royals, Chambliss hit the game-winning home run in the deciding Game 5. He was the hitting star of the 1976 ALCS as he also hit a two-run homer in Game 3 to help the Yankees win that game 5 to 3. He hit an ALCS record .524 with two home runs and eight RBI’s. In the 1976 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Chambliss hit .313.
The Legends of the Diamond Dinner has earned a reputation as an exceptionally successful event that helps the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs better serve the many needs of children and adults in Rome. The Kiwanis Club serves the community in many ways including Reading is Fundamental, Coats for Kids and Gift of Life Programs. The Lions Club provides financial assistance to the needy for the purchase of eye glasses, exams and hearing aids, along with student scholarships to attend college. They also host summer picnics and Christmas parties annually for the visually and hearing impaired in the Greater Rome Area.
Ticket prices are $60 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Your ticket includes admission to a cash bar cocktail hour and a delicious buffet dinner. It also allows our guests the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and buy raffle tickets to be eligible to win several great prizes. Following dinner, guests can listen to great baseball stories from Chris and have an opportunity to ask him questions. Attendees also receive one autograph with their admission ticket. To order tickets, please call 339-6469 from 9am to 5pm.