2013 Granite State Baseball Dinner


Nov 23, 2013
05:00 PM until 09:00 PM


The 2013 Granite State Baseball Dinner, presented by Northeast Delta Dental, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester. This year's event will once again benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the Ted Williams Museum, and the Fisher Cats Foundation.

The introductory guest list is highlighted by New Hampshire native and two-time World Series winning pitcher Chris Carpenter. It also includes two-time Cy Young winner and 1968 American League MVP Denny McLain, as well as 1975 Red Sox playoff hero Bernie Carbo. Fellow former big leaguers Darrell Evans, Ron Blomberg, Scott McGregor, Jim Beattie, Richie Scheinblum, and John Frascatore will attend along with current Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb.

A contingent of the best and brightest young players from New Hampshire are also on the guest list, including 2013 All-Star Jeff Locke and minor leaguers Jordan Cote, Brad Zapenas, Michael Fransoso, and Joey Maher.

"With the 2013 season concluded, we are excited to turn our attention to the Granite State Baseball Dinner," said Art Solomon, Fisher Cats owner and chairman of the Fisher Cats Foundation. "We have some great new guests as well as some old friends returning, and we look forward to crossing over $1 million donated to these three great causes at this year's event."

Tickets are now available for $80 each and are available at the Fisher Cats Ticket Office, by visiting, and by calling 603-641-2005.

Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and an autograph session with the honored guests from 5-7 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. leading into the start of the evening's program.

The primary benefactor of the dinner is the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), New Hampshire's only NACHRI approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital. CHaD provides an extended regional system of care that offers advanced pediatric services dedicated to giving each child the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time. CHaD is also the only pediatric service in New Hampshire that is an integral component of an academic medical center where children receive enhanced care thanks to an environment of learning and inquiry.

The Ted Williams Foundation works to preserve and build on the rich tradition of our national pastime through education and outreach. Proceeds from the Granite State Baseball Dinner are instrumental in the Foundation's mission to provide youth baseball programs and scholarships for deserving student-athletes. The Foundation is also an active partner with community organizations, providing assistance to several charitable groups, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Children's Dream Fund, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.


About the attendees:

  • Carpenter is one of the greatest and most decorated players to hail from the Granite State. A longtime supporter of the dinner and CHaD, the Raymond native has put together a 14-year major league career  with the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. The former Trinity High School Pioneer has won two World Series rings, the most recent in 2011, thanks in large part to several gutsy postseason starts by Carpenter himself. He was named the 2005 National League Cy Young Award winner after posting a 21-5 record with seven complete games and 4 shutouts. Fisher Cats owner Art Solomon presented Carpenter with a special award at the 2011 dinner and named one of the Fisher Cats Foundation yearly high school scholarships after the Granite State icon. Carpenter has not pitched in the 2013 season due to injuries.
  • Carbo will forever be remembered for one specific moment- his game-tying pinch-hit three run home run in game six of the 1975 World Series for the Red Sox against the Cincinnati Reds, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1965. But Carbo had a long and productive career, playing 12 seasons with six teams, and hit .264 with 96 home runs. He is currently a youth hitting instructor and founder of Diamond Club Ministry, speaking about faith, baseball, and the dangers of substance abuse.
  • McLain may very well be the last major league pitcher to ever win 30 games in a single season, a feat he accomplished in 1968 with the Detroit Tigers at the age of 24. He posted a 31-6 record, a 1.96 ERA, and an astounding 28 complete games that year, winning both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. He followed it up with a 24-win campaign and another Cy Young the following season. The ten-year major leaguer ended his career with 131 wins, 29 shutouts, and 105 complete games, pitching mostly for the Tigers.
  • Locke is in the midst of his first full season in the major leagues, and he has made quite an impression. The Conway native earned a berth on the National League All-Star team by posting one of the best ERA's in the first half of the season. Through 26 starts on the year, he is 9-4 with a 3.22 earned run average, and has been a key component for a Pittsburgh Pirates team that leads the National League Central Division and will have its first non-losing season since 1992. Locke was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2006 draft after a storied career at Kennett High School.
  • Evans had a lengthy and successful career that spanned from 1969-1989, covering 21 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, and Detroit Tigers. In addition to 414 career home runs, Evans finished with 1,354 RBI, 1,344 runs scored, and more walks (1,605) than strikeouts (1,410).
  • McGregor, a first round pick by the New York Yankees in 1972, pitched his entire 13-year Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles, winning 138 games, including a career-high 20 in 1980. He was a member of two Orioles World Series teams, losing in 1979 to the Pittsburgh Pirates before defeating Philadelphia for the title in 1983. In that championship season, McGregor was 18-7 with a career-low 3.18 ERA, and finished sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
  • Blomberg will forever be remembered as baseball's first designated hitter when he batted for the New York Yankees against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park on April 6, 1973. The number one overall pick by the Yankees in 1967, Blomberg was nicknamed "The Great Jewish Hope" as the first significant Jewish player on the Yankees, and had a successful career in baseball both during and after his playing days.
  • Beattie has had a successful career on two fronts in major league baseball. He had a nine year major league career, the first two with the Yankees and the final seven with the Mariners. He was drafted in the 4th round in 1975 by the Yankees, and finished his career with 52 wins, including 22 between the 1983 and 1984 seasons with Seattle. After his playing career, the South Portland, Maine native and Dartmouth College grad served as the general manager of the Montreal Expos from 1995-2001 and as co-general manager for the Orioles with Manchester native Mike Flanagan from 2003-2005. He is currently a scout for the Blue Jays.
  • Scheinblum was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians in 1964, and made his debut with the team the following September. He played for six teams over an eight year major league career, half of them with Cleveland. He was an All-Star in 1972 with the Kansas City Royals, when he became the first and only Jewish switch hitter to bat .300 in a season. After ending his major league career in 1974 with St. Louis, he played two years in Japan, but severed his Achilles tendon playing basketball after the 1976 season and was done with baseball for good.
  • Frascatore was selected by the Cardinals in the 24th-round of the 1991 draft, and pitched four seasons with St. Louis before being traded to Arizona just prior to the 1999 season. He was then traded to Toronto that June and made an immediate impact for his new team, going 7-1 with a save. He moved into the major league record books that year by pitching in three games in three days, earning the win in each one. He played in Taiwan in 2003 and won the Cy Young award in that country. Over his seven year major league career, he appeared in 274 games and never went on the disabled list.
  • Born in Boston, Cobb is a having a great year in the starting rotation for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays 4th-round selection in 2006 out of a Florida high school, Cobb is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA for Tampa Bay this season. That record comes despite missing two months after a scary incident when he took a line drive off the head on June 15. A guest of the dinner in 2011, Cobb won a career-best 11 games a year ago, and owns a career 22-14 record and 3.49 ERA in 49 starts with Tampa Bay over three seasons.
  • Cote is a native of Sanbornton, N.H., and is a graduate of Winnisquam Regional High School. He was the Yankees' 2011 third-round draft pick, and owns a 3-1 record and 0.97 ERA in two seasons with their  Gulf Coast League affiliates. A guest of the dinner in 2011 and 2012, Cote threw a no-hitter for Winnisquam in the team's state title game in 2010 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
  • Maher was born in Bedford, N.H. and was drafted in the 38th round in 2011 by the Yankees. He went winless in 9 games with their Gulf Coast League team in 2012, but went 5-3 this year and earned a promotion to Advanced-A Tampa in the Florida State League at the end of this season.
  • Zapenas graduated from Nashua North High School, where he won Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year honors in 2008. He was a 42nd-round pick of the Cubs in 2011 out of Boston College, and made it to Double-A Tennessee, his third stop in the Cubs minor league system in 2013.
  • Fransoso is the latest Granite Stater to make it to the minor leagues. The Portsmouth native was drafted in the 27th round in this year's draft by the Pirates. He made his pro debut with Jamestown in the Short-Season A New York-Penn League, hitting .258 with a pair of homers and 14 stolen bases.





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