Jim Rice headlines American Baseball Foundation Dinner

Our partner, the American Baseball Foundation, held their annual banquet and Hall of Famer Jim Rice was the star. From the ABF Press Release:

Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice riveted Central Alabama baseball enthusiasts as he recounted his sixteen-year, Major League career. Noting that even though he played both basketball and football better than baseball in his native Anderson, South Carolina, he eventually opted for baseball for the potential length of career and by virtue of having been chosen in the 1st round of the 1971 amateur draft.

Jim attributed his success in hitting through having developed the ability to hit with home run power to all fields. He added that to be a good hitter at the highest level, the athlete had to been able to hit “bad” pitches, that is pitches that were thrown in difficult locations to hit. He stated that his ability to work diligently on the practice field until all had abandoned it was a key to his success.

Jim was introduced by ex MLB first baseball and Birmingham resident, Jack Baker. Jack had played with Jim in the minor leagues. He noted that Jim had excelled at all levels, denoting to his fellow athletes that he was destined to become a major league star.

Contact the American Baseball Foundation at abf@asmi.org