What happens in the space between the mound and home plate helps define the outcome of most baseball games. What is the strike zone, the count, the type of pitches the catcher/coach calls and whether the hitter likes to take or swing?

To delve into that dynamic, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with the Norfolk Tides, will present its second program in its new home, Town Center of Virginia Beach.  On Wednesday October 11 from 6-8 p.m. at The Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant, the Hall’s Board Chair and former journalist Joel Rubin will emcee “60 Feet, 6 Inches, Baseball’s Game Within a Game.”  It will feature a star-studded panel of veterans at each of the positions within that well-known distance:

  • Michael Cuddyer, a Chesapeake native and multi-position player for three teams – Minnesota, Colorado and the New York Mets – over 15 MLB seasons, winning one batting title.
  • Al Clark, a current Williamsburg resident who umpired in the major leagues for 26 years and in two World Series
  • Gary Lavelle, who pitched in more than 700 games with the Giants, Toronto and Oakland and is a former high school coach
  • Tony Guzzo, a colorful Norfolk native and college catcher who coached ODU’s baseball team for ten seasons

“We have assembled tremendous baseball knowledge for the round-table discussion,” says Cuddyer. “Baseball fans young and old will learn what happens inside the lines, while also being entertained.”

Tickets are just $10 apiece and ballpark themed food and a cash bar will be available at the event.  To secure tickets, and there are just a limited number available, fans can visit the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s website at www.VaSportsHOF.com.

The Hall of Fame is transitioning from running a stand-alone museum to a unique presence in Town Center that will feature educational displays in several hotel and office lobbies, including one that lists the more than 300 Virginia born or bred inductees who excelled as coaches, players and sports contributors.  Together those exhibits will be part of “Walk the Hall,” a free pedestrian tour.  Programs like “60 Feet 6 Inches” will take place throughout the year in one of the many entertainment venues that dot Town Center.

“Guests can earn discounts to all programs and free admission to key events by joining our 300 Club that night,” says Will Driscoll, Sales Director for the HOF.  “So go online and get your tickets, and be there for a most insightful, intimate and interactive baseball program during the first week of the MLB playoffs on October 11.”

For More Information, Contact Will Driscoll @ VSHF 757-348-1929

**Press Release Reshare** Contributed By: Joel Rubin, VSHF