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Reunion Updates…

Steve Whitaker and Greg Goossen have joined the line-up of ex-Pilots and we’re excited to have themsteve whitaker aboard! We’ve also confirmed the speakers for the event:

Bill Schonely – Emcee

Charles Kapner – Memorabilia

Mike Fuller – How Seattle Lost the Pilots

Art Thiel – Seattle Baseball History

Jim Bouton – Seattle Pilots Memories

A few other notes:

• The reunion has been moved from Salon A/B to Salon C/D at the Hilton Bellevue. There will be signs up to people to the right room.

• For directions to the Hilton Bellevue click here.

• There will be a free raffle for some nifty door prizes.20090725_125057_ds25-gooON2_200

• There is a new button on the sidebar. Click it and you can sign up for email notifications about the upcoming documentary.

We would like to thank Larry Stone at the Seattle Times for his terrific column about the reunion and documentary. Click here to read it.

Keep spreading the word about the reunion! We want to have a lot of people there to share this historical experience! If you have any questions, shoot us an email…

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Plans for the 40th Anniversary Pilots Reunion are in full swing! Here’s the list of players scheduled to appear:

Seattle Pilots Team Photo

Seattle Pilots Team Photo

Dick Bates

Jim Bouton

Tommy Davis

John Donaldson

John Gelnar

Larry Haney

Bob Locker

Gordy Lund

Gerry McNertney

Billy Williams

Dooley Womack

We’re still working on a couple of players, so the list may grow a bit before the event.

The reunion will run from noon until 3pm on Saturday, August 29th. After that, several of the former players will gather in the outdoor beer garden at the Pyramid Ale House from 4pm – 5pm as a prelude to the ceremony at Safeco Field.  The Ale House is located at 1201 First Avenue South, directly across the street from the ballpark. The players will be available to meet with fans and answer questions as well as sign memorabilia (fliers will be provided for the players to sign). Vouchers for autographs will be available for $5 each.

The pre-game ceremony will start at approximately 6:55 at Safeco Field and will feature a short video presentation followed by player introductions. Jim Bouton will then throw the ceremonial first pitch to former battery-mate Gerry McNertney. Then it’s game time for the Mariners and the Royals. You may recall that the Royals were the other expansion team in 1969. Shortly before the season started, the Pilots traded Lou Piniella to the Royals for John Gelnar and Steve Whitaker. Lou went on to become Rookie of the Year for the Royals, a key player in the great Yankee teams of the late 70’s and, of course, the Mariners manager from 1993-2002.

We would like to acknowledge two people who have helped out a great deal with both this event and the documentary:

Charles Kapner is a memorabilia collector specializing in the Pilots. He will be at the reunion talking memorabilia and showing off some of his collection. If you have Pilots memorabilia that you are interested in selling, please contact Charles at ckapner@foxinternet.com or call him at 425-885-3462.

Mike Fuller created the website www.seattlepilots.com, and if you’re a Pilots fan, you should check it out. The site contains a history of the Pilots, interviews, images, stats, box scores and much more. It’s a valuable resource and highly recommended.

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