Sold out Hot Stove Banquet crowd hears Dodgers star Steve Garvey

Once a year, Illinois Baseball’s extended family gets together in one room to celebrate the team’s successes, to meet the whole team and to raise money for special projects for the program.  Last Saturday night was the 2016 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet which is jointly sponsored by the Illini Dugout Club and the Illini […]

Steve Garvey to headline Hot Stove Banquet on January 23rd

Hot off the presses!  Illinois Baseball and the Illini Dugout Club have announced that former Dodger and Padre All-Star Steve Garvey will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Illinois Baseball annual Hot Stove Banquet.  The banquet sponsored by First Federal, will be held on January 23rd at the iHotel at 5pm with a special […]

Former Illini David Clapp, Itch Jones honored by Varsity I Association

Itch Jones honored this weekend This Fighting Illini announcement caught my eye today.  This is Homecoming Weekend at the University of Illinois and the Varsity “I” Association is honoring seven people.  Two of the 2015 honorees have been affiliated with the Illinois baseball program.  The highest honor which goes to a “past letterwinner for post-graduate […]

Orange Team takes OBWS on Hurwitz GS and Sefcik’s pitching performance

The Orange Team gets bragging rights for a year.  Hurwitz hit a 9th inning grand slam in Game 2 Congrats to the Orange team who battled back from an 0-1 deficit to win the last two games.  Last night with the help of a Michael Hurwitz grand slam, they defeated the Blue Team 8-7.  Sefcik […]

Orange and Blue World Series: Blue Team wins Game 1 on bats of Matt James, Shilling

Matt James and Luke Shilling both homered for the Blue Team Monday Illinois is taking the Orange and Blue World Series a whole lot more seriously this year.  Complete with a PA announcer, a working scoreboard, at bat music and actual umps, it seems that the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is making an effort to […]

Thursday practice photos: Illini gearing up for the Orange and Blue Series

Even though it was just practice, it was great to see the team on the field again.  On Thursday afternoon, I dropped by Illinois Field to watch the Illini baseball players take practice.  Everyone is prepping for the Orange and Blue World Series which begins September 28th.    It’s a young, new team out on […]

Dates set for Illinois Baseball Orange and Blue series

The dates are set!  I know a few of you have contacted me asking me if I knew when the Illinois Baseball annual intrasquad Orange and Blue World Series was taking place.  Illinois Baseball Coach Hartleb announced yesterday that the dates are right around the corner.  Game 1: Monday, Sept. 28 at 4:15 p.m. Game […]

Luke Stewart to move to full assistant position at NIU

Luke Stewart: from the Illini to the Huskies Now that the Hot Stove Banquet is over and done with, we can start focusing on the upcoming season which is two and half weeks away.  But first, a few things to wrap up.   First of all, on behalf of Illini baseball fans, I’d like to wish […]

Hal Morris keynotes a successful 2015 Hot Stove Banquet

Fighting Illini Dugout Club president Jon Swenson, keynote speaker Hal Morris and Coach Dan Hartleb It was a sold out crowd and there was a of fun to be had at Saturday’s Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet at Champaign’s iHotel.  The Fighting Illini Dugout Club put on a spectacular production as everything fell into place […]

Live Auction items up for bid at Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Hot off the presses!  The Illini Dugout Club has just announced the items available during the live auction at the 2015 Illinois Baseball Hot Stove Banquet on Saturday.  Get your checkbook ready!  LIVE AUCTION Chicago Blackhawks Blue Line Suite Sunday, March 8 vs. Rangers at the United Center – Includes 12 tickets, 4 Parking passes, […]