PFCS benefits from Sky Sox 2014 Heroes Classic

Hall of Fame Third Baseman Brooks Robinson Headlines Charity Softball Game

The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is one of three local charities that will benefit from the 2014 Heroes Classic set for 7:05 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at Security Service Field.

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless, Memorial Hospital and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), said the third annual charity softball game will salute local Colorado Springs heroes including injured service members who have served our nation's military, and the Colorado Springs and El Paso County Fire and Safety Departments.

In addition to the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, the event will raise funds for the Colorado Springs Fire Protective Association and the Wounded Warrior Project. For each ticket purchased for the event, $5 will go towards these very worthy organizations. As part of the game day activities, the teams will don custom made uniforms and these unique, game worn jerseys will be auctioned during and after the game with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the selected charities. To date, this event has raised close to $40,000 for charity.

During the game, there will be a special silent auction of all the players' jerseys, which will be held in the concourse at the main entrance of the stadium. Following the game, a live auction will be held on the Sky Sox dugout that will feature a select number of jerseys including Brooks Robinson's. All jerseys will be autographed by the player that wore them and will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. The MLBPAA will also auction off a variety of baseball memorabilia during the game with a portion of the proceeds benefitting all three charities.

The two teams playing the game will consist of members of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments as well as injured service members who will represent the Wounded Warrior Project.

Each team will also include several former major league baseball players, local media members and local dignitaries. Highlighting the former major league players who will be attending the event is Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson who will be signing autographs for fans throughout the game. The night will culminate with a fireworks display following the game. 

Tickets for the event come in two different options and can be purchased online at www.skysox.com, in person at the Sky Sox box office or by calling (719) 591-SOXX. 

Former major league players participating in the game include: 

  • Brooks Robinson: Hall of Fame third baseman, American League MVP in 1964, World Series MVP in 1970, 14-time All-Star, 16-time Gold Glove winner, played 23 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, won two World Series with Baltimore 1966 and 1970
  • Bob Knepper: Two-time All-Star, pitcher played 15 seasons with San Francisco and Houston        
  • Mark Knudson: A member of the Rockies inaugural 1993 team; pitcher played eight seasons with Houston, Milwaukee and Colorado
  • Mark Lee: Pitcher played four seasons with Kansas City, Milwaukee and Baltimore
  • Gary Krug: Mitchell High School grad and current Pine Creek JV Baseball Head Coach played for the Cubs in 1981, former Head Baseball Coach at Cheyenne Mountain High School
  • Brian Fisher: A 2nd round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1980; won 36 games in seven seasons with the Yankees, Pirates, Astros and Mariners
  • Bobby Johnson: A catcher and first baseman; played three seasons with the Texas Rangers. He is the nephew of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

For more information please contact Mike Hobson at (719) 597-1449 or through email at prdept@skysox.com.