06/22/2007 7:28 PM ET
Rays celebrate Turn Back the Clock Night; Zimmer bobblehead, former Dodgers mates featured at Rays-Dodgers game
50's musical group Sha Na Na will perform postgame
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays will turn back the clock to the 1950's when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers at
Tropicana Field on Saturday, June 23 at 7:10 p.m. Vintage uniforms, a Don Zimmer bobble-head, a trio of Zimmer's teammates from
the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers and a post-game concert will highlight the evening.
The Rays will wear the uniforms of the 1950-era Florida State League St. Petersburg Saints and the Dodgers will sport the look of the
1955 World Champions.
Rays outfielder Carl Crawford (right) and Dodgers outfielder Luis Gonzalez model the jerseys and hats for Turn Back the Clock Night. (Devil Rays)
Regions Bank will give the first 15,000 fans a collectible Don Zimmer "Now and Then" dual bobble-head featuring the Rays' senior
advisor both in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and in Rays gear to celebrate the culmination of its "Make Life Interesting" Sweepstakes.
(See accompanying release on details of this exciting promotion.)
Hall of Famer Duke Snider and former Dodger pitching greats Johnny Podres and Carl Erskine will be on hand to sign autographs.
Roger Kahn, author of the 1972 best-seller Boys of Summer, a classic account of the great Brooklyn teams of the 1950s,
will also be in attendance.
An eight-time All-Star, Snider was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. He played in six World Series and hit 11
home runs in the Fall Classic. Known as "The Duke of Flatbush", Snider had more home runs and RBI than any other player in the
1950's. Podres won 136 games with the Dodgers from 1953-66 and was the Most Valuable Player in the 1955 World Series when he
went 2-0 against the Yankees and allowed just two runs in 18 innings. Erskine was a key starter on Dodger teams which won five
National League pennants. In 1953, he won 20 games and set a World Series record with 14 strikeouts, including Mickey Mantle four
times, in a 3-2 win over the Yankees in Game #3. He pitched two of the NL's seven no-hitters during the 1950s.
Sha-Na-Na, the rock and roll/comedy group from New York City who perform doo wop hits from the 1950's, will perform a post-game
concert. Their most notable work was on the 1978 film adaptation of the musical Grease.
Fans are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite 50"s television or movie actor, or music personality. A special prize will be
awarded to the top costume. The winner will receive a trip to New York for two to see the Yankees-Rays game on September 1. The
package includes round trip airfare, hotel and two Broadway Show tickets to Grease.
In addition, there will be a pre-game car show featuring 1950 models in parking lot 7 (east side of Tropicana Field).
The jerseys worn by both teams for that game will be auctioned off on-line with the proceeds benefitting the Rays Baseball Foundation
and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.
Tickets to the game are available at the Tropicana Field Box Office, on-line via www.devilrays.com, www.raysbeisbol.com, International
Plaza's main Concierge desk, all Ticketmaster outlets and via Ticketmaster phonecharge at (727) 898-RAYS and (813) 282-RAYS.