NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma baseball greats and current Major League Baseball players will return to Oklahoma to help the Sooners kick off the new season at the Diamond Dinner on Friday, Jan. 21. Chuck Kelly, Sooner alum and voice of the Oklahoma baseball team, will join the major leaguers as the event's master of ceremonies.
Also attending the Diamond Dinner will be native Oklahoman Ross Porter, the broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 28 years. Current Oklahoma players and coaches will also be in attendance to join the former OU greats for an autograph session.
The annual benefit dinner, which is open to the public, will be held this year at the Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center in Oklahoma City, located at 425 E. California. The dinner is set to begin at 7 p.m. with Ryan Minor (formerly of the Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles), Damon Minor (formerly of the San Francisco Giants and current member of Japan's Rakuten Eagles) and Kyle Denney (Cleveland Indians) serving as guest speakers.
The cost to attend is $20 per person and reservations may be made by contacting the Oklahoma baseball office at (405) 325-8354.
Among the other former OU greats scheduled to be in attendance include: Mark Redman (Pittsburgh Pirates), Geoff Geary (Philadelphia Phillies), Kevin Olsen (Florida Marlins) and David Purcey (Toronto Blue Jays).
The University of Oklahoma Home Run Club is once again the official presenter of the event. Those interested in joining the Oklahoma baseball team’s official support group can do so at the banquet, or by contacting the Oklahoma baseball office, with a donation of $50.
OU opens its season on the road at the Surprise Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz., against Gonzaga on February 11.