MapleCreek loves baseball! Please join us AT MAPLECREEK for a FREE event on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2011, starting at 10:30 a.m. -- under the tent out in front of The Terraces at MapleCreek, 2000 32nd St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. (RAIN LOCATION: INDOORS)
Enjoy baseball nostalgia and trivia with West Michigan Whitecaps' Glenn Eckelscamp -- with a special appearance by the Whitecaps mascot, Crash the River Rascal. AND BE SURE TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR TWO TICKETS TO THE JULY 20 WHITECAPS GAME, SPONSORED BY MAPLECREEK.
And meet Frances Vukovich, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950-51 with the Chicago Colleens and the Racine Belles, teams featured in the movie "A League of Their Own." This is a rare opportunity to say hello to Frances, who lives in North Hollywood, California. She is spending the summer months in West Michigan, and has graciously agreed to be with us as our guest for this special gathering.
A free picnic lunch featuring hot dogs and apple pie will be served -- but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, July 11, by calling MapleCreek at (616) 452-5900.
And then on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, MapleCreek is sponsoring the 7 p.m. West Michigan Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI. Come for the fun and food and a great baseball game against the Kane County Cougars. And then stay for the post-game fireworks show. Summer fun with MapleCreek and the Whitecaps, a Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers!
BONUS: On July 20, the Whitecaps will honor the Negro Baseball Leagues. Stars of the Negro Leagues will throw out first pitches, sign autographs and meet fans. At the July 20 Whitecaps game will be: Willie "Honey" Honicutt, 79 (Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs -- and father of MapleCreek HR Director Betty Honicutt); Ray "Boo Boy" Knox, 77 (Chicago American Giants, old Chicago Industrial Leagues); Hank "Baby" Presswood, 89 (Kansas City Monarchs, Cleveland Buckeyes); Johnny "Lefty" Washington, 81 (Chicago American Giants, Houston/New Orleans Eagles - 2 purple hearts in Korea); Nathan "Sonny" Weston, 80 (Chicago American Giants, & was the "last cut" for the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox); and Ray Richardson, 79 (Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs). Also on hand that night will be family members of Ted Rasberry, who owned the Grand Rapids Black Sox and also owned the Detroit Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs. They will include Ted’s niece Minnie Forbes, original owner of the Detroit Stars. This is going to be a great night for baseball!
FOR GAME TICKETS: Visit whitecapsbaseball.com, or call the Whitecaps front office: 616-784-4131 or buy tickets in person at the ballpark box office (M-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm, and at the game). $13 premium seats; $11 box seats; $9.50 reserved seats (including the Gentex Family Section); $6 McCain Foods Lawn seating. Children 2 and under are free.