Cleveland Sports Legends Come to Avon

OK everybody, get out your old Bruce Springsteen CDs and find the song, “Glory Days.”

It’s the perfect theme for June at Avon’s Sprenger Stadium where the Lake Erie Crushers will be hosting a “Cleveland Sports Legends Softball Game” to be played on Saturday, June 17 at 7:05 p.m.

Great names from Cleveland’s sports past will be there:

– Super Joe Charboneau, the 1980 AL Rookie of the Year Award Winner when he hit a team leading 23 Home Runs with 87 Runs Batted In and a .289 batting average for the Indians. Charboneau played parts of two more seasons in Cleveland before his playing career was cut short due to numerous injuries.

– Large Lenny Barker, the Tribe hero who pitched a perfect game for the Indians at the old Municipal Stadium on May 15, 1981. He is one of 23 pitchers that have thrown a perfect game in Major League Baseball. Barker spent 11 years in the Major Leagues playing for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves Milwaukee Brewers, as well as the Indians.

– Former Browns Defensive Lineman Bob Golic. The Cleveland Ohio native spent seven of his 14-year NFL career with the Browns from 1982 to 1988. He made three Pro Bowls during that time, before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Raiders.

– Former Indians 2nd Baseman Carlos Baerga. The former All-Star played eight of his 14-year Major League career with the Indians. While in Cleveland he was a three-time American League All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. Baerga was part of two American League Central Division Championship teams in 1995 and 1996. He was instrumental in helping the team to the American League pennant and a trip to the World Series in 1995.

– Former Indians Outfielder Ellis Burks. Burks compiled an 18-year Major League career, playing three years for Cleveland between 2001–2003. The 2002 season was Burk’s most productive in a Tribe uniform when he had 32 Home Runs with 91 Runs Batted In and a .301 batting average. Ellis was also part of the 2001 American League Central Division Championship team. Serving as the team’s Designated Hitter Burk’s had 28 Home Runs with 74 Runs Batted In and a .280 batting average.

– Former Crushers 3rd Baseman Andrew Davis. Davis joined the Crushers in 2009 and was part of the team’s inaugural season which ended in a Frontier League Championship. He spent 6 years with the Crushers posting a .282 career batting average with 57 home runs. Davis was also a three time Frontier League All-Star.

The 7-inning Legends game will also feature local radio and TV celebrities. The game will be immediately followed by an on-field autograph session and spectacular fireworks display.

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