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7th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

7th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend

Location: Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Boulevard

Event Date: August 23 & 24

The "Birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training" comes alive with the 7th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend at the Hot Springs Convention Center on August 23rd and 24th, 2024! This exciting event celebrates Hot Springs' rich baseball history and offers a unique opportunity to meet baseball legends. Catch Hall of Famers like Johnny Bench, Robin Yount, and Ted Simmons, and hear their unforgettable stories.


Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench played his entire career, which lasted from 1967 to 1983, with the Cincinnati Reds, primarily as a catcher. Bench was the leader of the Reds team known as the Big Red Machine that dominated the National League in the mid-1970s, winning six division titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships. A 14-time All Star and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, Bench excelled on offense as well as on defense, twice leading the National League in home runs and three times in runs batted in. At the time of his retirement in 1983, he held the major league record for most home runs hit by a catcher.

On defense, Bench was a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner who skillfully handled pitching staffs and possessed a strong, accurate throwing arm. He caught 100 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons. In 1986, Bench was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history.


Robin Yount

Robin Yount, nicknamed “The Kid” and “Rockin’ Robin,” spent his entire 20-year career as a shortstop and centerfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yount was drafted in 1973 and advanced to the major leagues one year later at the age of 18. He won two American League Most Valuable Player Awards. In 1962 he led the Brewers to a World Series appearance. Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, in his first year of eligibility. Since his retirement as a player, he has held several roles as a baseball coach.


Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons was a catcher for most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves. He is considered one of the best hitting catchers in MLB history. At the time of his retirement, Simmons led all catchers in career hits and doubles and ranked second in RBIs behind Yogi Berra and second in total bases behind Carlton Fisk. He also retired with the National League record for home runs by a switch-hitter despite playing several years in the American League. Simmons hit .300 seven different times, hit 20 home runs six times, and caught 122 shutouts, eighth-most all-time. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 and was formally enshrined in 2021. On July 31, 2021, he was honored by the Cardinals with the retirement of his jersey number (23) along with a statue.


Goose Gossage


Goose Gossage returns to Hot Springs Baseball Weekend! Gossage, real name Rich, was a fireballing pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Gossage could be an intimidating presence on the mound, standing 6-foot-3 inches with a penetrating scowl. But of all his attributes, it was his overpowering fastball, which could reach 100 miles an hour, which made him one of the top relief pitchers throughout the 1970s and ‘80s.

When Gossage, a nine-time All-Star, retired after the 1994 season he had built up quite a resume, finishing a 22-year big league career with nine different big league clubs. His lifetime statistics included a 124-107 record, 3.01 ERA, 1,002 games, 310 saves, 1,809.1 innings pitched and 1,502 strikeouts.


Al Hrabosky

Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky returns to Hot Springs Baseball Weekend!

Hrabosky was a force to be reckoned with during his 13-year Major League Baseball career, primarily spent with the St. Louis Cardinals. Drafted as the team's number one pick in 1969, he quickly established himself as a dominant relief pitcher, leading the National League in saves in 1975 and earning a reputation for striking fear in batters' hearts.

Hrabosky made a smooth transition from one of St. Louis' best-loved athletes, the "Mad Hungarian" of the Cardinals 1970s bullpen, to the broadcast booth. During a 13-year Major League career in which he compiled 97 saves and earned Fireman of the Year honors in 1975, Hrabosky already was preparing himself for broadcasting by working as a sportscaster for a St. Louis TV station.

Hrabosky was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in February 2003, the Fullerton College Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Savanna High School Hall of Fame in 2011. Away from the booth, he is active in many charities, including the St. Louis Zoo and Angel Arms. He and his wife, June, reside in St. Louis.


Tom Pagnozzi

The "Birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training" is gearing up for another exciting event, and this year, a true diamond legend is joining the festivities. Get ready to meet three-time Gold Glove Award winner Tom Pagnozzi at the 7th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend!

A St. Louis Cardinals Icon: Pagnozzi spent his entire 12-year Major League Baseball career behind the plate for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1987 to 1998. Known for his exceptional defensive skills, he earned the coveted Gold Glove Award a remarkable three times (1991, 1992, 1994). While his offensive stats were respectable, his true impact was felt in his leadership and ability to control the game from behind the plate.

More Than Just a Catcher: Beyond his impressive playing career, Pagnozzi has remained involved in baseball as a broadcaster and coach. His passion for the sport and his engaging personality make him a perfect addition to the Hot Springs Baseball Weekend.

Mark your calendars for August 23rd and 24th and head to the Hot Springs Convention Center to meet Tom Pagnozzi and celebrate America's favorite pastime! For more information and tickets, visit the Hot Springs Baseball Weekend website. See you there!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Legend Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky Tells His Baseball Story

7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m Free screening of the documentary “IT AIN'T OVER”
An intimate portrait of a misunderstood American icon, this emotional and uplifting documentary about Yogi Berra takes us beyond the caricatures and “Yogisms” and into the heart of a sports legend whose unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball diamond were often overshadowed by his off-the-field persona. - Vanishing Angle
The first two hundred guests receive a complimentary Baseball Weekend poster.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m Society for American Baseball Research Meeting -
Non-Members Welcome (Convention Center Room 102)
Speaker: Frank Amoroso, Babe Ruth historian and author

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Baseball Card Show Open

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mr. Brewer: Hall of Famer Robin Yount
(Hot Springs Convention Center - Horner Hall)

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Remembering Yankees Legend Thurmon Munson with Hall of Famer Goose Gossage

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Art of Cardinals Catching with Hall of Famer Ted Simmons and All-Star Tom Pagnozzi. Moderator Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Talking Baseball with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ask the Pros featuring Johnny Bench, Robin Yount, Ted Simmons, Al Hrabosky, and Tom Pagnozzi