4th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Friday, August 27 - Saturday, August 28

4th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd




Friday, August 27

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Sneak Preview Tours of Majestic Park and a Game of Catch! Bring your baseball glove and wear walking shoes. Free and open to the public. (105 W. Belding Street)

Saturday, August 28

9:30 a.m. - Naming ceremony of Room 105 at the Hot Springs Convention Center to The Dugan Room in honor of the late baseball historian Mike Dugan (Room 105)

10 - 3 p.m. - Baseball Card Show (Grand Lobby)

10 - 11 a.m. - The All-Time Hot Springs Dream Teams Presentation (Horner Hall) A panel of expert baseball historians will present their four Hot Springs Dream Teams. Team One-comprised of players who played competitive baseball in Hot Springs, Team Two-comprised of men who were either born in Arkansas or lived in the state, Team Three-players who starred in the old Negro leagues and trained in Hot Springs, Team Four- players who either trained or coached in the Spa City but never played here.

10:30 a.m. - Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Meeting (Room 103) (Open to the Public)

11:15 a.m - 12:15 p.m. - Talking Baseball with Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Andre “The Hawk” Dawson (Horner Hall)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Cardinal Baseball Then and Now with Jim Edmonds and Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky (Horner Hall)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - The Goose is Loose : Straight Talk with Hall of Fame Pitching Legend Goose Gossage of the New York Yankees (Horner Hall)

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Everything About the Major Leagues You Always Wanted To Ask - Featuring Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Jim Edmonds, and Al Hrabosky (Horner Hall)

All events will be held in the Hot Springs Convention Center with the exception of the Majestic Park Tours.

Famed St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jim Edmonds, Hall of Famers Goose Gossage of the Yankees and Andre Dawson of the Cubs along with "The Mad Hungarian" Al Hrabosky of the St. Louis Cardinals will be featured guests August 27 – 28 when the 4th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend returns to the Hot Springs Convention Center!

“This is shaping up already to be the best Hot Springs Baseball Weekend ever,” said Mike Dugan, chairman of the annual event that celebrates the city’s role as The Birthplace of Major League Baseball Springs training. “We have some surprise guests under consideration.”

“We’ll also have a major announcement regarding a new feature of Baseball Weekend when we have the details ironed out,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, which sponsors the annual celebration of America’s Game.

Dugan, a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers, led a group of five well-known experts in guiding the creation of the Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail, which documents the places where more than 40 percent of the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame played or trained during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. A Hot Springs resident, Dugan also led efforts that saw the creation of the Hot Springs Baseball Weekend.

Edmonds now is a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest.

Well known for his defensive abilities, Edmonds also was a prolific hitter, batting .284 with 393 home runs and an on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of .903. He is affectionately known by Cardinal fans as “Jimmy Baseball” and “Jimmy Ballgame.”

Edmonds won eight Gold Gloves in his career and dazzled each season with athletic diving catches, terrific range and the ability to make people think even the deepest home run would somehow end up in his glove for an out.

He hit a career-high 42 home runs in his first season with the Cardinals and finished fourth in National League Most Valuable Player voting. Edmonds earned another top-five finish in 2004 after his second 42-homer season. While future Hall of Fame first baseman Albert Pujols drew all of the attention, Edmonds averaged a .292 average, 35 home runs, 98 RBIs, and 34 doubles in his first six seasons with the Cardinals.

Edmonds was traded to San Diego in December 2007 for future World Series hero David Freese. Edmonds lasted just 26 games with the Padres but hit 19 home runs in 85 games for the Cubs in 2008. After sitting out 2009, Edmonds split 2010 between stints with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.

Edmonds shined in the playoffs and hit 13 home runs in 64 career postseason games. Edmonds famously hit a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 2004 National League Championship Series. In the next game, Edmonds’ diving catch turned a sure-extra base hit into a key double play that kept the Cardinals trailing by one run. St. Louis won 5-2.

Edmonds finished his career with eight Gold Gloves and retired after the 2010 season with a .284 average, 1,949 hits, 393 home runs and a lengthy highlight reel of defensive plays.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.

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