DeKALB, Ill. * Former Major Leaguer John Cangelosi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Northern Illinois University Baseball Leadoff Banquet, to be held Saturday, Feb. 10 at The Stratford Inn in Sycamore.
Cangelosi, who played 13 years in the Majors for seven teams, currently runs the Cangelosi Baseball Academy for high school students. He began his career in 1986 with the Chicago White Sox and set an American League rookie record with 51 stolen bases. Cangelosi also was a member of the 1997 World Champion Florida Marlins, a year in which he also became the franchise’s first position player to pitch during a game. In his career, Cangelosi played over 1,000 games and stole 154 bases.
Head coach Ed Mathey will honor the 2006 Huskie team with presentations of the Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top Newcomer, Top Dawg, Most Improved and All-Time Hit Leader awards. Afterwards, Mathey will provide a preview of the upcoming 2007 season.
Tickets are available for $55 by calling the Huskie Baseball Office at (815) 753-0147 by Feb. 5 and include dinner, the keynote address by Cangelosi, and entertainment by comedian John DaCosse. In addition, a silent auction featuring professional sports memorabilia is included in the evening’s festivities.
The Leadoff Banquet will run from 4-8 p.m. with social hour from 4-5:30 p.m. and dinner beginning around 5:45 p.m. Following the event, friends and alumni are invited to an informal post-banquet gathering at P.J.’s Courthouse in Sycamore.
NIU opens its baseball season on Feb. 23 at Texas Tech.