Oct. 27, 2000
Former Boston Red Sox ace relief pitcher Dennis Eckersley will be the featured guest at the Diamond Club of Boston's ninth annual "Baseball Night in Boston" at Fenway Park's 600 Club on Tuesday, Dec. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The event also will feature a reception with special guests, including past and present Boston Red Sox players and a number of former Boston College sports stars.
The annual Baseball Night event will benefit both the BIG EAST Athletes Care program-a social service project that utilizes college student-athletes to provide educational and recreational opportunities to children in the city of Boston, and the Boston College baseball program.
Picked-up as a free agent in Dec. 1997, Eckersley helped the Red Sox win the 1998 Wild Card. As a member of the Red Sox from 1978 to 1984 and again for the 1998 season, Eckersley was 88-71 playing in 241 games, starting 191. In his final season, Eckersley established a new Major League record with 1,071 career appearances on Sept. 26, 1998.
A six-time all-star, three time American League Fireman of the Year, Eckersley established an A. L. record 470 game errorless streak from April 28, 1987 to May 7, 1995. In his second year as a closer (1988), Eckersley won the Rolaids Relief Man Award. In 1992, Eckersley won the both the Cy Young Award and American League MVP for his 52 saves that year for Oakland, becoming the ninth such double honoree in either league.
In his career, Eckersley had a record of 197-171 with an ERA of 3.50. He completed 100 games and had 390 saves. In his 24-year career he pitched over 3,285 innings and totaled 2,201 strikeouts. In recent years, Eckersley has worked as a radio-TV color commentator for both the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.
Tickets for the event are $150 per person and may be obtained by calling the Boston College Athletics Development Office at 617-552-0772.