After much pleading on our part, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to have a pre-game ceremony honoring the Seattle Pilots for their importance in Seattle baseball history and their ongoing place in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. There was a catch, though. Because of these uncertain economic times, the Mariners are unable to pay for travel and accommodations for the players. So, it has fallen on us, the producers of the Pilots documentary, to find a way to get the players out here for their justly deserved recognition. After much thought, we have decided to put on a Seattle Pilots convention/reunion during the afternoon before the game and it looks like it will be a lot of fun!
Here are the details:
What: Seattle Pilots Convention/Reunion
When: Saturday, August 29th, 12pm – 3pm
Where: The Hilton Bellevue
Why: 40th Anniversary!
Who: So far the following players have agreed to attend – Jim Bouton, Tommy Davis, John Donaldson, Larry Haney, Billy Williams and Gordy Lund. We expect several more to sign on before the event. Also, former Pilots Broadcaster and long-time voice of the Portland Trailblazers Bill Schonley will emcee. Art Thiel, senior sports columnist for the Seattle-PI will be speaking about the history of Seattle baseball and top memorabilia collector Charles Kapner will be on hand with a display of rare Pilots collectibles. We’ll announce more guests as we confirm them.
The Hilton Bellevue
Cost: $20 per person at the door. All entry fees will go toward paying transportation and lodging costs for the players. Also, autograph tickets will be available for $5 each and can be redeemed for autographs from any of the players with proceeds going to the players.
There will be guest speakers, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Also, we will shooting video of people’s recollections and stories about the Pilots – you might end up in the Documentary! It will be a great chance to meet some of the original Pilots and talk a little baseball!
Opening Day Introduction
After the convention, the players will head down to Safeco Field for the ceremony which will take place before the game between the Mariners and, appropriately enough, the Kansas City Royals. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:55pm.
So spread the word! If you’re a Pilots fan, you will not want to miss this event. If you have any questions, let us know, either by email or in the comments section. Also, sponsorship opportunities are available, email us for more information!