The Williamsport Cross- cutters have announced their 6th Annual Hot Stove Dinner & Auction with the Phillies will be held on Jan. 23 at the Genetti.
Special guests include Cutters manager Andy Tracy and the Phillie Phanatic. More guests could be announced soon.
Tracy played in parts of two pennant-winning seasons for the Phillies (2008-09) as part of his 16 years in professional baseball. He was drafted in the 16th round of the 1996 draft by the Montreal Expos and appeared in 149 major league games in parts of five seasons with Montreal, Colorado and Philadelphia.
Other guests from the Phillies and the world of sports are expected to be announced throughout the month of December. Past guests have included Phillies players Kyle Kendrick, Chris Coste, Ryan Madsen, and J.A. Happ along with former Phillies Dick Allen, Greg Gross and Mickey Morandini plus late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Andrew's Special Kids Foundation.
One of the event highlights is the announcement of the latest inductee to the Bowman Field Hall of Fame. The Bowman Field Hall of Fame was dormant since 1991, and was revived by the Crosscutters at the 2009 Hot Stove Banquet with the induction of the legendary Tommy Richardson. Former Williamsport Grays manager Frank Lucchesi was inducted in 2011. The latest inductee is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The dinner and entertainment portion of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m., preceded by an hour of mingling, fun and games with Boomer and the Phillie Phanatic, plus the start of the Chinese auction. Free autographs will be available for attendees at the close of event.
The event has sold out every year and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now by calling the Cutters offices at 326-3389 or ordering online at www.crosscutters.com.