Harmon Killebrew (left) was the guest of honor at the Utah baseball team's fifth annual fundraiser. He is joined by Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg.
Feb. 12, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team held its fifth annual fundraiser Tuesday evening as players, coaches and fans gathered for `A Night With Harmon Killebrew.'
"I thought we had yet another great evening as we get ready to kick off the 2009 season," said Utah head baseball coach Bill Kinneberg. "We had a good showing from the Utah baseball fans and we all really enjoyed listening to Harmon and the stories he told. I think it was a very successful night for everyone."
The well-attended event featured dinner and speeches from Kinneberg and senior infielder Corey Shimada, preceding the guest of honor. Killebrew then entertained the room with reflections and anecdotes from his 22-year career in Major League Baseball, in which he spent time with the Washington Senators (who became the Minnesota Twins) and the Kansas City Royals. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and still ranks No. 9 on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list, taking it out of the park 573 times.
Mike Lageschulte, the voice of the Utes, was the master of ceremonies for the event, which concluded with a live auction that raised more than $6,000 for the Utah baseball program.
The Utes open their season on Friday, Feb. 20, at Loyola Marymount.