Bringing Back Baseball Gala set for Wednesday

The day before the Seventh Annual Bringing Back Baseball Gala, Southern baseball coach Roger Cador was, as expected, a busy man.

“I’m rolling,” Cador said. “I’m like those people with the election. I’m making every last minute count.”

The event, which includes an auction, is a fundraiser staged by Cador and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The evening benefits the Bringing Back Baseball Initiative, which, according to the news release, “is focused on refreshing the interest of America’s youth toward playing America’s game — from the inner cities to the suburbs — with a focus on the shrinking African-American participation in the game.”

Funds raised will also benefit the Little League Baseball system of Baton Rouge and the Southern program.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Cador said. “You get to meet a lot of people and build relationships. That’s the beauty of it. So the work becomes fun.”

Guests in attendance include former and current Major League Baseball players David Dellucci, Dan Ford, Terry Fox, Rick Greene, Chuck McElroy, Brian McRae, Wade Miley, Dave Stewart, Desi Relaford, Art Swanson, Ed Yarnall and Trenidad Hubbard.

Cador said Fred Lewis, Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot, who have been regulars at the event, should also attend.

Also expected, Cador said, are Cody Hall, a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization, and Frazier Hall, a catcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Both are former Southern players.

“The thing I try to convey to people is to buy one ticket and one for a kid to come,” Cador said. “This may be a life-changing experience for them. One thing they usually get out of it is they find out it’s a lot of hard work (to be successful in the Major Leagues). That’s what I want the young people to hear: the work that goes into it.”