Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny will headline the Hot Stove Banquet on Feb. 5.
Jan. 3, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -
The University of Illinois baseball team and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club will host the annual Hot Stove Banquet to kick off the 2011 season with former St. Louis Cardinals and University of Michigan catcher Mike Matheny as the keynote speaker. Matheny, a four-time Gold Glove winner, will headline the banquet, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at the I Hotel with cocktails at 5 p.m., and the banquet at 6 p.m.
Matheny played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, five each with the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, two with the San Francisco Giants and one with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won Gold Gloves in 2000 and three straight years from 2003-05. He threw out 53 percent of attempted base-stealers in 2000 and 48 percent in 2001, both while playing for St. Louis, and led the National League in runners caught stealing in 2000 and 2005. He also led the NL in catcher fielding percentage in 2003 and 2004.
Matheny helped the Cardinals to the postseason in 2001, 2002 and 2004, guiding St. Louis to the World Series in 2004. He finished his career with a .239 average and .344 slugging percentage, averaging 34 RBIs and 27 runs per year. He was an eighth-round draft pick by the Brewers in 1991 and was a team captain at Michigan in 1991. Matheny earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1990, was named Michigan's team MVP in 1991 and the squad's best defensive player in 1989.
Banquet tickets can be purchased by filling out the PDF form at the top of the page and mailing it to Fighting Illini Dugout Club, P.O. Box 6777, Champaign, IL 61826-6777 prior to Feb. 1 or by calling the baseball office at 217-333-8605 until Feb. 4. A table of 10, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $500; a table of nine, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $450; or a table of eight, with an Illini player, can be purchased for $400. Individual tickets are available for $50 and an Illini player's meal can be sponsored for $50 each.