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Hot Stove Banquet Raises Over $70k for International Team Trip

January 23, 2018

This year's hot stove banquet was a rousing success as headline speaker Bucky Dent entertained a crowd of over 400 guests.  When all was said and done, the event raised over $70,000 for the Illini Baseball program.  Much of that money has already been earmarked for an exciting international trip for the team over this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  The team will travel to Aruba and Curacao playing several games and also doing a day of community service with the Special Olympics.  Thanks to all Dugout club members and everyone who participated in the success of this year's banquet. 

For more on the banquet, check out a great article from Thomas at Illini Baseball Report. 


Bucky Dent to headline Hot Stove 2018

November 18, 2017

Former Major League Baseball player and manager Bucky Dent will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Hot Stove Banquet, the Illinois Dugout Club announced. The Hot Stove Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at the iHotel in Champaign.

Dent was the starting shortstop for the back-to-back World Series champion New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, including winning World Series MVP honors in 1978. Dent is famous for his game-winning three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the American League East tie-breaker in 1978.

Information on tickets will be available at a later date.

Hot Stove 2018

October 23, 2017

The Illinois baseball team's 2018 Hot Stove Banquet will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the iHotel in Champaign. The event will begin in the early evening.

A guest speaker will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned to FightingIllini.com and @IlliniBaseball on Twitter for updates.

2 Illini Baseball Alumni Inducted Into Illini Hall of Fame

October 19, 2017

The University of Illinois celebrated its incredible athletics legacy by inducting its inaugural class of the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 30, 2017 at State Farm Center.  2 former Illini baseball players were among the 28 inductees.  Lou Boudreau, Baseball/Basketball (1937-38) and Andy Phillip, Basketball/Baseball (1942-43, 47) were inducted posthumously.  

Lou Boudreau is the only Illini in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He concluded his 15-year MLB career, including 10 seasons as a player-manager, as a seven-time All-Star and the 1948 American League MVP.  
For more on Lou Boudreau CLICK HERE

Andy Phillip, while known best for basketball, was an All-American baseball player with the Illini in 1947. 
For more on Andy Phillip CLICK HERE

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