The West Haven Twilight Baseball League will kick off the 2017 Baseball Season with its Annual Hot Stove Lunch, this year’s event will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017 at noon at West River Hall, 37 Orlando Street, West Haven.

The event will honor Southern Connecticut State baseball coach Tim Shea.

Shea will be recognized for his 14 years as SCSU’s head coach and more than two decades of service to the school. In his career, he has amassed an impressive record of 400-255-4, in amateur baseball.

Featured speakers for the event are sportswriter, Leigh Montville, and former Major League pitching coach Dave Wallace. Former Major League broadcaster George Grande will once again serve as the master of ceremonies.

Montville, originally from New Haven, was a Student at Notre Dame High School and UConn. He was a writer for the New Haven Register, Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated.

Montville is the author of numerous books, including biographies of Ted Williams and Babe Ruth.

Dave Wallace is the former pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles and served in the same position in other Major League organizations, including the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. He played for the Phillies and Blue Jays after completing his University of New Haven career, where he pitched to a 24-7 record with a 2.18 ERA and 311 strikeouts.

As always legendary UNH coach, Frank “Porky” Vieira, with more than 1,000 wins in his college coaching career, will be on hand to offer his entertaining stories.

“This year’s event will feature some amazing baseball greats, with time for Q & A,” WHTL President Vin DiLauro said in a release. “Having time to hear from Leigh Montville and Dave Wallace I am sure will be an incredible experience, and we are also excited to honor local baseball great Tim Shea for all he has done for Connecticut baseball, and as always we welcome back Coach Frank “Porky” Vieira and Master of Ceremonies George Grande. We are looking forward to a great afternoon.”

Tickets are $30 each. And must be purchased in advance by January 23rd. Send payment to W.H. Twilight League, P.O. Box 7564, New Haven, 06519 or call WHTL President Vin DiLauro at 203-671-0325. Tickets may be purchased with a Credit Card online at https://squareup.com/store/WHTL/