Red Sox Legend Luis Tiant Special Guest At NCCU First Pitch Dinner





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DURHAM, N.C. – Boston Red Sox legend Luis Tiant will be the special guest at the sixth annual North Carolina Central University First Pitch Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham North Carolina.

The fundraising event to benefit the NCCU baseball program will begin with a cocktail and meet-and-greet hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner. There will also be a silent auction with authentic autographed memorabilia, including many items from Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, as well as a live auction and raffle. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet members of the 2017 NCCU baseball team. 

For the sixth straight year, local radio legend, avid baseball fan, and Durham Bulls public address announcer Tony Riggsbee will be the emcee for the evening. 

Individual tickets for the sit-down dinner and silent auction are $75, while a table of eight can be purchased for $525. Tickets are on sale at 

A VIP Table Sponsor package is also available, including eight tickets for the sit-down dinner and exclusive access to a VIP reception with Tiant, as well as program recognition, eight complimentary raffle tickets, public address announcements at NCCU home baseball games, signage space availability at the NCCU Baseball stadium, and an autographed Luis Tiant baseball – all for $1,500. 

A Title Sponsorship package includes everything in the VIP Table Sponsor package plus corporate branding on event marketing materials, seating at Tiant’s table during dinner and the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a NCCU baseball game. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Jamaal Mayo at (919) 530-7313 / 

For more information on the sixth annual NCCU First Pitch Dinner and Silent Auction, contact Kia Robinson at 919-530-5552 / or Jim Koerner at the NCCU Baseball office at 919-530-6723 / 


Luis TiantOn July 19, 1964, Luis Tiant made his Major League debut in the Bronx against the defending American League Champion New York Yankees. The rookie only allowed four singles with 11 strikeouts in the 3-0 shutout victory. Tiant finished his rookie season with a record of 10-4, 105 strikeouts, and a 2.83 ERA in 19 games. 

In 1968, Tiant altered his delivery which caused him to turn away from home plate thus created a hesitation pitch. The new motion seemed to help as he led the league in ERA (1.60), shutouts (9, including 4 consecutive), hits per nine innings (5.30, a franchise record), and strikeouts per nine innings (9.22), while finishing with a 21-9 record. 

Tiant would be plagued with injuries over the next few years until he signed with the Red Sox, where he became one of the most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history. During his time in Boston, his nickname ‘El Tiante’ flourished just like his pitching. In 1972, Tiant was back to his old form again, finishing the season with a 15-6 record and leading the league with a 1.91 ERA. He would also go on to collect 20 wins in 1973 and 22 wins in 1974. 

By 1975, Tiant would win 18 games leading the Sox into the postseason against the World Champion Oakland Athletics. He would go on to throw a three-hit complete game to defeat the Athletics before he faced the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Tiant pitched Game 4, throwing 163 pitches for the win and second complete game in the series. Although he had a no-decision in Game 6, he was still a huge contributor to the greatest game ever played. 

In all, Tiant played 19 MLB seasons with six teams – the Cleveland Indians (1964-69), Minnesota Twins (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-78), New York Yankees (1979-80), Pittsburgh Pirates (1981) and California Angels (1982) – and was a three-time All-Star selection (1968, 1974 & 1976). He received the 1968 Cleveland Indians Man of the Year Award, the 1972 American League Comeback Player of the Year and the 1975 Babe Ruth Award, and has been inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame (1997), the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame (2003) and the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (2009).


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