Twilight League to host Hot Stove Luncheon Jan. 22

The West Haven Twilight League will host its second Hot Stove Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at West River Hall in West Haven.

Speakers at the event will be:

George Grande, a former Major League Baseball TV play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. Grande currently serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. He hosted the first broadcast of ESPN’s SportsCenter in 1979.

Legendary University of New Haven baseball coach Frank “Porky” Vieira, who coached UNH for 44 seasons with an all-time record of 1,127-324-6 including a string of 42 straight winning seasons from 1963 to 2004. He is second among all-time Division II coaches in both career winning percentage and total victories. Under Vieira, UNH produced over 75 professional players, including 10 who advanced to Major League Baseball.

Rich Marazzi, who is considered by many as the country’s foremost baseball rules expert. Marazzi currently serves as the rules consultant for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros. He is the author of five baseball books, columnist for Baseball Digest and ESPN radio host of Inside Yankee Baseball during the baseball season.

Terry Tata, a 24-year Major League umpire, and served as crew chief for 10 years and officiated four World Series.

Lunch will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. Tickets for the event are $35 per person.

If you are interested in attending the event, include your name, address, telephone number and the number of people attending with a check made out to West Haven Twilight League to:

W.H. Twilight League

P.O. Box 7564

New Haven, CT 06519.

Send in reservations by Jan. 17.

For more information, contact Len Maselli at 203-887-5470 or Vin DiLauro at 203-865-3155.