Dodgers’ Legend Maury Wills Headlines 2014 Southern League All-Star Game Luncheon

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
The Chattanooga Lookouts announced  on Tuesday that Dodgers’ great Maury Wills will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Southern League All-Star Luncheon, presented by EPB Fiber Optics and Coca Cola, on June 17th at noon EST.  The luncheon will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center and tickets to this special event are $30 with all proceeds benefiting the RBI Program of Chattanooga.  To reserve a spot to the All-Star Luncheon, contact All-Star Coordinator Morgan Billups by phone at 423-267-2208 or by email at

Wills began his historic Major League career on June 6, 1959 when he made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The speedy shortstop had an immediate impact on the big league level, leading the league with 50 stolen bases in his first full season of 1960.
  Two years later, Wills set a new Major League record with 104 steals.  The mark broke Hall of Famer Ty Cobbs’ previous record of 96 and helped Wills beat out baseball legend Willie Mays for the 1962 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Three years after his record-setting season), Wills stole 94 bases at the age of 32 (1965).  After spending time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Montreal Expos, the shortstop finished his career with the Dodgers and retired from the game in 1972 as the team’s all-time stolen base leader.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have an all-time Dodgers’ great come to Chattanooga and participate in the All-Star Festivities,” said Chattanooga Lookouts' President and General Manager Rich Mozingo. “Maury had a profound impact on the game of baseball and we are eager to show him what the Scenic City has to offer.”

The two-time Gold Glove award winner headlines the Luncheon that also gives patrons the chance to mingle with the Southern League’s top players.  Joining Wills and the Southern League All-Stars at the luncheon will be the team’s managers, coaches and the game’s umpires.  Attendees of the event will have the chance to sit and enjoy a meal with some of the top prospects in the game while benefiting a great cause.  All of the proceeds from the event will help fund uniforms, equipment and travel for the RBI Program.    

“We think it makes perfect sense for us to partner with established programs such as the Chattanooga Lookouts and Major League Baseball’s RBI program,” said Greta Hayes, the City of Chattanooga’s Director of Recreation for the Department of Youth and Family Development.  “This unique experience will help create meaningful mentoring opportunities and show our young people the steps it takes for many players to achieve their dreams.”

This year’s luncheon is just one part of the 2014 Southern League All-Star Events.  On June 16, the Lookouts are hosting a Fan Fest and Home Run Derby at Historic Engel Stadium at 7:00 p.m.   

Tickets for the All-Star Events are on sale now and can be purchased at Fans will be able to purchase general admission tickets to the game for $9 ($7 for children and seniors), upper box tickets for $11, lower box for $15 and Home Run Derby/Fan Fest tickets for $5.

To get a sneak peak of some of this year’s All-Stars, check out the Chattanooga Lookouts’ next homestand which begins on May 10 against the Huntsville Stars.  Tickets for any of those five games and for the rest of the season are on sale now at the box office or available over the phone by calling (423) 267-4TIX.

Prep Football Picks: Week One

Saturday's Sixteen: College Football Picks

  College football with all its pomp and pageantry is finally here with a long weekend of games starting tonight. SEC has two conference games as Arkansas visits Auburn and Texas A&M is at South Carolina … Georgia-Clemson should be a great game, Utah State could give Tennessee a battle and Louisiana Monroe will be waiting at home to beat Wake Forest. Here ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)