Major Leaguers Play Exhibition Game In Myrtle Beach

Major Leaguers Play Exhibition Game In Myrtle Beach

Coastal Federal Field hosted some of the best talent in the Major Leagues on Thursday, September 20, as Major League players from the last four decades took on local celebrities in a seven-inning exhibition game. The Sprint PCS Legends of Baseball game offered beach locals and tourists alike an opportunity to reflect on the events of the previous two weeks and a reprieve to laugh for a little while.

The teams, dubbed the Palmettos and the Coasters, ended up tied 5-5. Baseball notables such as Vida Blue, George Foster and Andy Van Slyke took on the likes of Pelican Manager Brian Snitker and other local media, business and political leaders. The night’s activities centered on entertainment from the playing time to the between innings shenanigans.

As a highlight of the evening former Pelican Rafael Furcal had his #2 jersey retired. 2000 National League Rookie of the Year and current Atlanta Braves shortstop, Furcal helped lead the Pelicans to the Carolina League’s Mills Cup Championship in 1999. “It’s good to be here,” said Furcal. “I want to thank everybody who came to watch us play.”

Horry County Fire & Rescue members helped unfurl a 3-story flag on the field.

Legend Tug McGraw (right) clowns around with TV sportscaster Rich Chrampanis.

Former Pelican Rafael Furcal signed autographs, raising $2,204 for Make-A-Wish.

Coastal Federal Field played host to a game between major league stars and local celebrities. Everyone won as the game ended 5-5.

The pre-game ceremony paused to take note of the recent terrorist attacks on the nation. Members of the Horry County Fire & Rescue that assisted in the relief efforts threw out the first four pitches and helped unfurl a 3-story tall United States flag on the field. The ceremony also included renditions of “God Bless America” and the National Anthem, as well as a moment of silence and invocation. Each fan received a miniature American flag as they entered the park.

The Myrtle Pelicans are making a donation of $4,481 to the American Red Cross from a portion of the game’s net profits and the profits of a silent auction of sports memorabilia held on the main concourse that night. The Pelicans will also donate the $2,024 from an autograph session with Furcal to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina.

Players & celebrities alike signed autographs for the crowd.

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