Dec. 16, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - ESPN personalities John Kruk and Karl Ravech will be the guest speakers at the 2014 UConn Baseball Preseason Dinner, which will be held on Sat., January 18, 2014, at the Rome Ballroom on the Storrs campus. The event begins with a reception at 4:15 p.m. followed by dinner and a speaking program at 5:15 p.m. The dinner will conclude in time for those that are also attending the UConn vs. Louisville men's basketball that night at Gampel Pavilion at 9:00 p.m.
The 2014 UConn baseball team will be introduced at the dinner as it prepares for the upcoming season while the 1994 and 2013 clubs will also be honored. The 2013 Huskies won the BIG EAST tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past four years. The 20th anniversary 1994 team is being honored for its BIG EAST tournament championship and NCAA appearance.
Doug Elliot '82 will receive the UConn Baseball Distinguished Alumni Award. Elliot has had an incredibly successful career in the insurance business and is currently the President of Commercial Markets for The Hartford Financial Services, Inc., a position he has held since 2011. His experience also includes serving as President and Chief Executive Office of the Hartford Steam Boiler Group from 2007-11 and a long career with The Travelers Companies from 1997-2007, including serving as Chief Operating Officer of Commercial Lines and Chief Executive Officer of General Commercial Lines and Personal Lines.
Elliot was a three-year starter for the Huskies at catcher from 1980-82 and was a .284 career hitter with a superb .972 fielding percentage. Elliot was the 1980 Yankee Conference Rookie of the Year as he hit .339 with 39 hits in 33 games. He was also a first team All-Yankee Conference pick as a catcher.
Kruk and Ravech join a long list of prestigious speakers who have appeared at this dinner, including Hall of Fame reporter Peter Gammons, major league managers and former players Terry Francona, Bobby Valentine and Lee Mazzilli and executives Brian Cashman and Ben Cherington.
Kruk had a ten-year major league career with the San Diego Padres (1986-89), Philadelphia Phillies (1989-94) and the Chicago White Sox (1995) as a first baseman and outfielder. He was a three-time all-star for the Phillies from 1991-93. Kruk helped lead the Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant.
Kruk entered broadcasting following his career and joined ESPN in 2004 and currently serves as the analyst for Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight. Kruk was a contributor to Fox Sports Net's The Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2001 through 2003.
Ravech joined ESPN in 1993 and serves as the primary host of Baseball Tonight and is also a SportsCenter host. He has hosted ESPN's coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series since 1995. Ravech also provides commentary for ESPN and ABC coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. each summer and for ESPN's coverage for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. every spring. Additionally, he has anchored ESPN's college basketball studio wraps operation. He is a 1987 Ithaca College graduate with a master's from SUNY-Binghamton.
Tickets for the 2014 UConn Baseball Preseason Dinner are priced at $100 each and $1000 per table of ten. The event benefits the University of Connecticut Baseball Stadium Enhancement Fund.
To purchase tickets for the event or for additional information, please call the UConn Athletic Development Office at 860-486-3863.