WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Greg Luzinski has been added as a special guest for the 14th Annual Hot Stove Banquet to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.
Joining Luzinski at this year’s banquet will be ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian and Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity to be announced later this month.
Luzinski played 11 seasons in Philadelphia (1970-1980) before finishing his career with the Chicago White Sox. He was a four-time National League all-star with Philadelphia (1975-1978) and was a member of the Phillies’ first World Series championship team in 1980.
Kurkjian, who was a big hit at last year’s event, has covered baseball since 1978 and has been a baseball writer, reporter, analyst and host at ESPN since 1998. He has been a regular on Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. Kurkjian has been part of ESPN’s coverage of the MLB Little League Classic the last three years at Williamsport’s BB&T Ballpark.
Wathan has been the Phillies third base coach for the past two seasons after a successful career managing in the Phillies system from 2008-2017. He made his professional coaching debut as the manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2008 leading the squad to a record of 38-37. Wathan has a record of 732-646 (.531) in 10 minor league seasons as a manager and his 374 wins with Reading (AA) ranks him as the all-time winningest manager in franchise history.
The evening will consist of a full-course dinner, live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia along with interviews and question and answer segments with the special guests. Other highlights of the event include the inductions of the latest members to the Bowman Field Hall of Fame and the Lycoming County Sports Walk.
The ballroom doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and entertainment portion of the event kicking off at 6:30. A limited autograph session will take place at the close of evening.
The Crosscutters 2020 home opener is scheduled for Friday, June 19 as Williamsport hosts the rival State College Spikes.