‘Night of Memories’ makes its long-awaited return with a selection of special guests

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Major League Baseball stars shone brightly in Evansville this weekend at the annual “Night of Memories” event.

The Tri-State Hot Stove League has hosted the “Night of Memories” fundraising event for nearly 30 years, but the event was derailed by COVID-19 in 2021.

With an all-star cast in town, the event has returned in a big way to a brand new location. The “Night of Memories” was held inside the Carson Center at the University of Evansville on Saturday.

Headliners for the highly anticipated event included Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher Goose Gossage, five-time MLB star outfielder Andruw Jones and former St. Louis Cardinals star outfielder Ray Lankford.

‘Night of Memories’ makes its long-awaited return with a selection of special guests

Also in attendance were former Cardinals pitcher Al Hrabosky, center grad and World Series champion Aaron Barrett, Mater Dei alum and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, Reitz graduate and Yankees minor leaguer New York Elijah Dunham, as well as former Southridge and Chicago baseball player. White Sox first-round pick Colson Montgomery.

“It’s great to be here in Evansville,” Gossage said. “I’ve been trying to get up here since I met Don Mattingly in his freshman year in 1983, I believe – my last year with the Yankees and Donnie’s freshman year. What we’re going to do is collect some funds for many different scholarships, and it’s always great to be able to lend your name to something like this.

Former New York Yankees pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage signs...
Former New York Yankees pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage signs an autographed jersey during the 2022 Tri-State Hot Stove League Memorabilia Night Saturday afternoon.(WFIE)

“It’s nice to be part of a good cause, and they’re doing a great job,” Jones said. “The [Major League Baseball Players Association] does a great job of asking former baseball players and current baseball players involved in the community, so we come here and support a good cause.

Since 1993, the Tri-State Hot Stove League has raised more than $1.5 million for more than 100 local youth organizations and sports programs.

Andruw Jones, former Atlanta Braves outfielder and five-time MLB star, signs autographs...
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder and five-time MLB All-Star Andruw Jones signs autographs during the 2022 Tri-State Hot Stove League Memorabilia Night at the University of Evansville’s Carson Center on Saturday.(WFIE)

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