Ryne Sandberg to attend Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg will headline the Williamsport Crosscutters’ eighth annual Hot Stove Banquet, set for Jan. 20, 2014 at The Genetti.

Other guests scheduled are the Phillie Phanatic and Montoursville native Tom O’Malley. Other guests from the Phillies and the world of sports are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sandberg began the 2013 season as the Phillies third base coach, was named interim manager in August and formally named as the Phillies skipper in September to replace Charlie Manuel

Sandberg, a 2005 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was originally selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 1978 draft. He made his Major League debut with the Phillies in 1981. He was traded to the Cubs following the 1981 season, spending 15 years in Chicago.

Among his honors, Sandberg won the 1984 NL MVP Award, was a 10-time All-Star, won 9 Gold Gloves and 7 Silver Slugger Awards. From 1982-93, Sandberg led all NL players in hits (2,079), runs (1,141), total bases (3,273), at-bats (7,155) & times on base (2,759). At the time of his retirement following the 1997 season, his 277 home runs as a second baseman was a major league record.

O’Malley made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in 1982 and spent 9 seasons in the majors. He then went on to play six highly successful seasons in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers (1991-1994) and the Yakult Swallows (1995-1996) hitting over .300 in each of his seasons overseas. In 1996 with the Swallows, O’Malley captured the league MVP award as well as the Japan Series MVP as Hanshin won the Japanese title.

Further banquet information is available at A portion of the proceeds from the Hot Stove Banquet will benefit Lycoming County Special Olympics.

The evening will also include an inductee into the Bowman Field Hall of Fame, who will be announced in the coming weeks. There will be dinner, entertainment featuring interview segments with many of the special guests, in addition to Chinese and live auctions of Phillies and other sports memorabilia.

Tickets are $49 for adults and $39 for children and available by calling the Crosscutters offices at 570-326-3389.

The Crosscutters, who are the New York-Penn League’s affiliate with the Phillies, open their 2014 season on Friday, June 13 at home vs. the State College Spikes.