Dan Hartleb and the Illini welcome White Sox executive Roland Hemond to Champaign for the Hot Stove Banquet on Feb. 17.
Jan. 3, 2007
University of Illinois Baseball and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club announced Wednesday that the annual Hot Stove Banquet will be Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Round Barn Banquet Center. Chicago White Sox Executive Advisor to the General Manager Roland Hemond will be the featured guest at the banquet. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased individually or in tables of eight or 10 by calling the baseball office at 217-333-8605.
Hemond is one of the most respected executives in the game today, having won Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year award three times. He has 54 years of professional baseball experience, including 23 seasons as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, and five as a senior executive vice president with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Currently, Hemond advises and assists White Sox General Manager Ken Williams.
He is president of the Association of Professional Ballplayers of America, a non-profit organization that helps former and current players and baseball personnel in need. He also helped found the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, which provides assistance to long-time scouts who are in need of special support. In addition, three annual awards are named in his honor: the Roland Hemond Award, the Baseball America Award and the Society of American Baseball Research Award.
Banquet tickets can be purchased by calling the baseball office at 217-333-8605. A table of 10, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $500, or a table of eight, with an Illini player, can be purchased for $400. Individual tickets will be available for $50.