Marshall Day at Great American Ballpark features former Herd and Major League Baseball player Jeff Montgomery

FromPress Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Former Marshall University baseball player and Major League Baseball all-star Jeff Montgomery will serve as special guest at the 2011ThunderFest Saturday, July 16, at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.


Montgomery, along with Marshall baseball coach Jeff Waggoner, will be available for photographs and autograph signing prior to the game, which features the Reds taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m.  The day’s festivities also include university recognition on the field prior to the game and on the video screens during the game, and Marshall representatives singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.


Montgomery played baseball at Marshall and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1983 as a pitcher.  He played one season with the Reds, posting a 2-2 record in 1987. Montgomery was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1988 where he played until retirement in 1999.


He had an outstanding career with the Royals as a closer, recording a team-record 304 saves in 12 seasons (1988-1999). He is a member of Kansas City’s Hall of Fame.


Montgomery currently serves as vice president for Union Broadcasting in Kansas City, Mo.


“This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Marshall University to thousands of people attending the game and we are absolutely thrilled Jeff will be with us,” said Tish Littlehales, Executive Director of Marshall University Alumni.  “This is our fourth year for Thunderfest and it’s always a big hit with our alums all across the region.”


Corporate and individual tickets sales are currently under way.  Group tickets may be purchased by contacting the Marshall Alumni Office at 304-696-3134.  Individual tickets are available at or through the alumni office.


Contact Littlehales for more information at 304-696-2523.

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