Dec. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Baseball Coach Pete Wilk announced today that former Major League Baseball player and current MLB Network studio host Larry Bowa and Joe Garagiola Jr. (L'75) will serve as the keynote speakers for the Ninth Annual First Pitch Dinner, being held on campus.
The First Pitch Dinner will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall on the Hilltop. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and events beginning at 7 p.m. The annual event celebrates the beginning of the Georgetown baseball season and honors the 2012 team and its seniors.
"We're very happy to have two of the great names in baseball join us for this special evening," Wilk said. "This is annually one of the best nights of the year for our program and we're really looking forward to having Larry Bowa here and to have Joe Garagiola Jr. return to campus. We've been fortunate to have great speakers at this every year and this year is no different."
As a former MLB middle infielder, Bowa amassed over 2,000 hits during the course of his 16-year career. He won two Gold Glove awards and led the National League in fielding percentage six times, in addition to being a five-time All Star, and winning the 1980 World Series. He retired with the MLB records for most games played at shortstop, highest career fielding percentage, and highest single season fielding percentage.
After his retirement, he enjoyed a long career as a manager/coach in the majors, including being named the 2001 National League Manager of the Year with the Philadelphia Phillies. Other coaching stops included the San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Since January 2011, Bowa has been a studio analyst for the MLB Network, where he regularly appears on the network's daily studio show "MLB Tonight." Bowa was recently invited to be on the coaching staff for the United States at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Before becoming the Senior Vice President of Standards and On-field Operations for Major League Baseball, Joe Garagiola, Jr. (L'75) was the Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations for the MLB. From 1997-2005, he was the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks during which time the Diamondbacks won their first ever World Series in 2001. Garagiola Jr. graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.
For more information on the First Pitch Dinner, please contact Myrhia Brewer, Associate Director for The Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics and Hoyas Unlimited at 202-687-7159 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.