News and Announcements

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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Monday, 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 and @IlliniBaseball on Twitter for updates.

2 Illini Baseball Alumni Inducted Into Illini Hall of Fame

Thursday, 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

Illini Baseball Schedule Released

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Think Spring!  The Illini Baseball schedule for 2018 has been released.

Dugout Club Donates $5K to Christmas Wish Program

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Illinois baseball team and Dugout Club took part in Friday's Mix 94.5 Christmas Wish event and donated $5,000 to help families and children in the area during the holiday season. The Illini continue to make an impact on children and families in the community, donating over $34,000 in the last five years to causes such as the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), Roundhouse shelter for homeless and runaway children and teens, and Crisis Nursery.

Fighting Illini players and head coach Dan Hartleb attended Mix 94.5's event Friday morning at the Virginia Theatre, where they presented the radio station with the $5,000 check. Mix 94.5 aims to make the holiday season brighter for local families that may be having a tough time by presenting them "wishes," which are submitted on their website -

The Dugout Club raised its $5,000 during the Honor and Serve Day game against Minnesota on May 1. Illinois wore special camo uniforms that were auctioned off after the game.

The Dugout Club is the official organization devoted to supporting the University of Illinois varsity baseball program. Membership and support is used to facilitate valuable activities and operations that enhance the quality of the Illini baseball experience. To join the Dugout Club, visit their website -

This season's Honor and Serve Day game will be May 7 against Maryland.

Orange and Blue World Series Starts Today!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Fighting Illini will play a three-game series starting Monday, Sept. 26. The second and third game of the series will be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.

All games are free to the public.

Orange & Blue World Series Schedule
Game 1 - Monday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.
Game 2 - Friday, Sept. 30 (Time TBA)
Game 3 - Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Follow @IlliniBaseball on Twitter for updates.

Honor and Serve Day 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois baseball team will wear commemorative jerseys Sunday for Honor and Serve Day at Illinois Field. The Fighting Illini will take on Minnesota at 1 p.m. CT and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit a local charity. 

Illinois (20-17, 6-6 Big Ten) drew 6,301 fans to Illinois Field last weekend, the fourth-best series total in program history. The Illini are in eighth place of the Big Ten, while Minnesota (25-11, 9-2 Big Ten) is at the top of the standings and ranked No. 24 in the nation.

The series also features Friday's game on BTN at 8 p.m. CT and Saturday's Kids' Club Day. Kids are invited to join the Fighting Illini baseball team for the national anthem and take a pregame tour of Illinois Field on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. To register, click here

Illinois Field is Calling You!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Illini are hosting 3 straight weekend homestands in April and May.  Saint Louis, Ohio State, and Minnesota will visit Champaign over the next 21 days, so make sure to get out to Illinois Field.  Tuesday April 12th, the Illini welcome ISU to Illinois Field, and next Tuesday the 19th, the Illini take on EIU in Mattoon.  April the 16th is COUNTRY DAY, so dust off those boots and get ready to scoot.  April 22nd is the BLEACHER BUM BBQ - featuring free food for early arrivals.  April 23rd is AS SEEN ON TV so get ready to see the stars at Illinois Field.  And the 24th is SUPER HERO day, so come dressed as your favorite superhero and cheer us on to victory.  Lots of great baseball to be had for FREE, so come on out and support the team.  

2016 Hot Stove Banquet

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Hot Stove Banquet

Illinois Baseball presents the First Federal 2016 Hot Stove Banquet Featuring MLB legend Steve Garvey. 

UPDATE:  The 2016 Banquet is SOLD OUT!  Thanks for your support! 

Saturday, January 23rd at the iHotel
4:30pm - Private Reception with Steve Garvey
5pm - Cocktails / Silent Auction
6pm - Banquet

Thanks to our primary sponsor First Federal Savings Bank

Table sponsors get VIP Room access for private meet and greet with Mr. Garvey. Thanks to Busey Bank for sponsoring the VIP room.

Come out for a great event to support Illinois Baseball. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information or to register, click here,

2015...What a Season!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Illini wrapped up their first 50 win season in school history by hosting their first ever super-regional vs. eventual NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt. Along the way, the Illini set a single-season record for attendance at Illinois Field.  Then the off-season got off to a hot start with 9 players getting drafted into the pros and coaches and players receiving national honors.  Since that time, Coach Hartleb has been busy finding a new Assistant Coach (welcome Adam Christ!) and preparing the team for a repeat performance in 2016.  Your support of the Dugout Club is greatly appreciated!!! 

Illini are Rockin' - Thanks Dugout Club

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Illini are on a winning streak that has earned them a #11 ranking in the latest D-1 poll.  The Dugout Club can take some credit in the team's success.  Money earned and donated by the Dugout Club paid for the trip this year to the Dominican Republic which has enhanced Illini team chemistry and overall experience.  Furthermore, the Dugout Club pays for dinners and events that support the team throughout the year.  The internal renovations to the clubhouse have made a more appealing environment for players and recruits, and the Club can take credit for that as well.  Your donations to the Club matter, and we appreciate your support.  Go Illini! 

Illini Ranked #15 in the Nation

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wow! The Illini Baseball team is off to a great start and is up to #15 in the D1 Baseball rankings.  Way to go boys!  See more HERE

Hal Morris to Headline Hot Stove Banquet

Monday, December 15, 2014

The University of Illinois baseball team and the Fighting Illini Dugout Club will host the annual Hot Stove Banquet presented by First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana to kick off the 2015 season with 13-year MLB veteran Hal Morris as the keynote speaker. Morris, who won the 1990 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds, will headline the banquet, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the I Hotel and Conference Center, with cocktails and silent auction at 5 p.m., and the banquet at 6 p.m.

Banquet tickets can be purchased by filling out this PDF form and mailing it to Fighting Illini Dugout Club, P.O. Box 6777, Champaign, IL 61826-6777 prior to Jan. 21 or by calling the baseball office at 217-333-8605 by Jan. 23. A table of 10, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $500; a table of nine, including an Illini player, can be purchased for $450; or a table of eight, with an Illini player, can be purchased for $400. Also, individual tickets are available for $50 and an Illini player's meal can be sponsored for $50 each.

Illini In the Dominican Republic - Thanks to the Dugout Club

Monday, November 24, 2014

Your support of the Illini Baseball program is paying great dividends.  The team is playing great baseball in the Dominican Republic and the players are getting valuable baseball experience to go along with their once-in-a-lifetime real-world experience.  Thanks for all of your support.  We look forward to sharing with our supporters at the upcoming Hot Stove Banquet early in 2015.  Go Illini!

Great Time to Support Illini Baseball

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Now is a great time to support Illini Baseball.  The team is off to a great start with their annual Orange and Blue scrimmage series, and are busy prepping for a big trip to the Dominican Republic this November.  This trip is funded by the Dugout Club and your support makes it happen.  Consider making a donation to the club this fall and supporting the team.  Just visit our webpage at to help out.  Thanks for your support and GO ILLINI Baseball!

School is back and so is the Dugout Club

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Dugout Club gets back in session this upcoming Tuesday.  Before you know it, the team will be headed to the Dominican Republic and it will be time for another great Hot Stove Banquet.  So while the fall sports kick off this weekend, don't forget to prepare for another great year of Illini Baseball by supporting the Dugout Club

Welcome coach Spenser Allen to the staff!  Coach Allen joins us from Creighton University and is already on the road preparing to land us some great young men.  Great to have you Spenser! Click Here for More

Hot Stove Helps Push for the Trip to DR

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Hot Stove Banquet was a great success and helped raise much needed funds for the Illini Baseball team's upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic.  The trip will take place over the Thanksgiving break later this year.  There is still time to help the Dugout Club raise the necessary funds to make the trip a success.  To help visit the Donate page and chip in to help the team.  If you were not able to bake the banquet and want to help, there is still time.  Thanks to all Dugout Club members and Illini Baseball supporters who have made this campaign a great success.  Go Illini!

Great Turnout for 2014 Hot Stove Banquet

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The weather may have been cold but it was hot inside the I Hotel and Conference Center as the Illini Dugout Club hosted the annual Hot Stove Banquet.  This years speaker was former Illini and San Diego Padre Chris Robinson, who entertained and touched the crowd with his stories of personal success and challenge throughout his career.

For a gallery of pictures visit the Media page.  Photos courtesy of Thomas at Illinois Baseball Report.

Welcome to the new

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Welcome to the new  We are excited to show off our new webpage that will be the online home of the Dugout Club.  Keep up with the club through articles, images, meeting notes, and more that will be updated on a regular basis.  Thanks to all of the Dugout Club members and Board Members for their support throughout the launch process.  Enjoy!  

Dugout Club Funds Clubhouse Decoration

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dugout Club Funds Clubhouse Decoration
Through generous support of its membership The Dugout Club donated several thousand dollars toward the interior design and decoration of the new Illini Baseball Clubhouse adjacent to Illinois Field. Giant wall-size murals were applied and pictures of Illini greats past and present adorn the clubhouse. This tribute will act as an inspiration for all players and coaches who don the Orange and Blue. For a closer look, members can login and visit the Media section of the webpage.