06/19/2008 12:07 PM ET
Rays celebrate 'Turn Back the Clock' and honor the 1990 Senior League (SPBA) champions, St. Petersburg Pelicans
ST. PETERSBURG -- In conjunction with "Turn Back the Clock" Night on Saturday, June 21, the Tampa Bay Rays will honor the St. Petersburg Pelicans, the only team to be champion of short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association. Members of the Pelicans will be recognized prior to the Rays-Astros game at 6:10 p.m. The Rays will be wearing the replica home pinstripe uniforms of the Pelicans from the 1989-'90 season and the Astros will be wearing a retro uniform from the 1980's.
All of the game used jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off online to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Among those on hand will be Steve Henderson, the Rays current hitting coach who batted .352 that season for the Pelicans. In addition, the Rays will honor former Pelicans and MLB All-Stars Steve Kemp, Joe Sambito and Pat Zachry as well as manager Bobby Tolan from that team. Also participating are former Pelicans coach Tom Zimmer, son of Rays Senior Baseball Advisory Don Zimmer and Rays Spanish broadcaster Enrique Oliu, who served as a color commentator for the Pelicans.
The eight-team Senior League was originally founded in 1989 by Colorado Springs commercial real-estate developer Jim Morley who was also the co-owner of the Pelicans with his brother Mark Morley. "While the league's duration was only a season and a half, one of the things my brother and I were most fond of was the launching of the SPBA, and being a part of the inaugural and only Senior League Championship team. We are grateful to the Rays for recognizing the league and the Pelicans," said Jim Morley.
On hand will be:
Jim Morley - Founder of the Senior Professional Baseball Association which was developed for former Major League players over the age of 35 and was owner of the St. Petersburg Pelicans. Resides in Colorado Springs where he is a commercial real estate developer.
Mark Morley - Co-owner of the St. Petersburg Pelicans along with his brother Jim. Currently is a commercial real estate developer and consultant to Pro Sports MVP and lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
Bobby Tolan - In addition to managing the Pelicans Bobby was the team's utility player. He played three seasons with the Cardinals, five seasons with the Reds, three seasons for the San Diego Padres, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Butch Benton - The catcher for the Pelicans. He played four years in the Major Leagues with the Mets, Cubs and Indians. He currently resides in Ocala, Florida.
David Chavez - The Equipment manager and traveling secretary for the Pelicans. Currently he is the President and CEO of Pro Sports MVP and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Greg Delich - Part of the St. Petersburg Pelicans front office staff from 1989 to 1991. He currently works with Blue Cross and lives in Duluth Minnesota.
James Gibson - James "Hoot" Gibson was a pitcher for the Pelicans. He was an All-American at Texas A&M University, was drafted by the Montreal Expos and pitched in the Minor Leagues for the Atlanta Braves. He resides in Bryan, Texas.
Peter Golenbock - Peter Golenbock is the author of six New York Times best sellers. His book The Forever Boys chronicles the championship season of the St. Petersburg Pelicans. Peter also was the color commentator on the Pelican radio broadcasts. He makes his home in St. Pete.
Steve Henderson - Steve Henderson was an outfielder for the Pelicans. He was in the majors for 12 seasons and is the hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and currently resides in Tampa, Florida.
Charlie Hoffmeister - Charlie Hoffmeister was the bat boy during the Pelican Championship season. He currently is a computer technician and lives in St. Petersburg, FL.
Roy Howell - Roy Howell was an infielder for the Pelicans. While in the majors he played for the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He now lives in San Luis Obispo, California.
Steve Kemp - Steve Kemp was an outfielder for the Pelicans. He played for the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers and was in the majors for 11 years. He now resides in Mission Viejo, California.
Ron LeFlore - Ron LeFlore was an outfielder for the Pelicans. He played six years for the Detroit Tigers and currently resides in St Petersburg, Florida.
Mike Marek - Mike Marek was Director of Public Relations for the Pelicans. Currently he works for Gateway MS and resides in St.Louis, MO.
Judy Nunez - Judy Nunez was the office manager during the Pelicans Championship season. Currently she works at Florida State University in administration.
Lenny Randle - Lenny Randle was an infielder for the Pelicans. He began his Major League career with the Washington Senators, and then moved on to the Texas Rangers, the New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners. He now resides in Chino Hills, California.
Joe Sambito - Joe Sambito was a relief pitcher for the Pelicans and also the only player to wear both sets of jerseys. While in the Major League he pitched in the 1980 championship series while with the Houston Astros and in 1986 for Boston in the American League playoffs. He now resides in Irvine, California.
Elias Sosa - Elias Sosa was a relief pitcher for the Pelicans. He started off his MLB career with the Giants and went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, and the Montreal Expos. He currently works with Major League Baseball International and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ozzie Virgil Jr. - Was a catcher for the Pelicans, Ozzie Virgil Jr. played in the Major Leagues for nine years and was an All Star. He now lives in Glendale, Arizona.
Jack Wiers - Jack Wiers served as the radio play by play announcer during the Pelican Championship season. He currently works as the Marketing Director for the US Army in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pat Zachry - Pat Zachry was a right-handed pitcher for the Pelicans. While in the majors Pat was named to the National League All-Star Team in 1978. He now lives in Waco, Texas
David Ziegenfuss - At 21, David Ziegenfuss was the youngest member of the St. Petersburg Pelicans front office staff, serving as the teams Public Relations Coordinator. David currently is president of Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Properties, a real estate development partnership based in Northeast Pennsylvania, and resides in Alburtis, Pennsylvania.
Tom Zimmer - Tom Zimmer served as a bench coach for the Pelicans. He has been a long time scout for the San Francisco Giants. Currently he resides in St Petersburg, Florida.