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Six Former Major Leaguers to Coach at Free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic in Hot Springs on August 29

Published: 8/23/2018

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Six former Major League players will help teach at a free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic Wednesday (August 29) at Kimery Park in Hot Springs.

The clinic will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m., according to Rich Thompson, one of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association members who is helping organize the clinic. It is co-sponsored by the  City of Hot Springs Sports Recreation Department.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who have experienced the great benefits of playing in the Major Leagues to give back to the youngsters who might aspire to play in the Majors someday,” Thompson said. “The six of us are really looking forward to getting involved with these young players and sharing our experiences.” In addition to Thompson, the former Major Leaguers who will take part are Reggie Ritter, Russ Nagelson, Allen McDill, Gerald Hannahs and Dick Hughes.

Participation in the clinic is free, but registration is required. A form for registering is at https://www.mlb.com/mlbpaa/events/legends-for-youth-clinic-form.

The Legends for Youth Clinic Series is a charitable program running more than 180 free events each year worldwide. Its mission is to promote the game of baseball to youth using positive sports images and personalities.

Rich Thompson, a native of Australia, was a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. In 2004, he was part of the Australian Olympic baseball team, which achieved a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

Reggie Blake Ritter, a native of Malvern, is a former pitcher for the Cleveland Indians whose career was cut short after he was hit in the face by a line drive 

off the bat of Juan Benequez while pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 7, 1987. He is a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Hot Springs.

Russ Nagelson is a former outfielder and pinch hitter who played for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.

Allen McDill, who played college ball at Arkansas Tech University, was a left-handed pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox from 1997 to 2001.

Gerald Hannahs, who played college ball for the Arkansas Razorbacks, was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos in the 1970s. His son, Dusty, played basketball for the Razorbacks.

Dick Hughes, a native of Stephens, Ark., played for the Razorbacks and pitched in three seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished second to Tom Seaver in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

For more information contact Steve Arrison, 501-321-2027.

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