Reno, Nev. - The San Francisco Giants longtime announcing duo of Mike Krukow and Duane Kiper will be the featured speakers at the 24th Annual Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner to be held on February 19 at the Silver Legacy. This year’s dinner will have an entirely different look as gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the National Anthem being sung at 6:30 p.m.
The dinner will resemble a game day ballpark atmosphere with the Wolf Pack players in uniform and several other game day activities taking place. The evening includes a hosted bar with game day appetizers and a sit down dinner prepared by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, a baseball memorabilia auction, and a message from the keynote speakers. Tickets for the Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner are $175 each, (tables of ten are available for $1,500) $75 for children 12 and under. For an additional $200 individuals can request a current Pack baseball player sit at their table during the dinner. All proceeds will benefit Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Nevada. For event details and to purchase tickets, contact Heather Pennington at 682-6965.
Kuiper, a three-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster, begins his 24th season as a Major League announcer. He embarks on his 15th consecutive year in the FOX Sports Net Bay Area, KNTV/NBC 11 and KNBR Radio broadcast booths in 2008. The former 11-year big league infielder received the first local Emmy award of his distinguished broadcasting career in the category of "On Camera Sports" in 1999, and won the prestigious award in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He provided commentary for the Giants from 1987-92 and served a one-year stint with the expansion Colorado Rockies in 1993. The former infielder spent the last four years of his career with the Giants, following seven campaigns with the Cleveland Indians. In 2004 he was voted by Cleveland fans as one of the 100 greatest players in Tribe history. After retiring in 1985, Kuiper provided commentary on Giants radio and TV broadcasts through the end of that season, and had his own radio show on KNBR from 1982-85. Kuiper's scorecard from Barry Bonds' historic 756th home run game is displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Wisconsin native serves as a board member of the Giants Community Fund. A graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., Kuiper and his wife, Michelle, reside in Danville. They are parents to two children, Cole, a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, and Dannon.
Krukow enters his 18th season in the television booth, and his 14th full season on the radio side. A four-time Emmy award winner, Krukow is the broadcast team's color analyst on KNTV/NBC 11 and FOX Sports Net Bay Area telecasts, and on KNBR Radio broadcasts. Krukow's playing career in the Major Leagues spanned 14 years and three teams: the Chicago Cubs (1976-81), Philadelphia Phillies (1982) and San Francisco Giants (1983-89), where his enthusiasm both on and off the field made him a fan favorite. "Kruk", named as the starting right-handed pitcher to the 1980's Giants All-Decade Team in a vote by Bay Area media in 1999, is noted for his deep knowledge of the game and tremendous sense of humor. A 20-game winner for the Giants in 1986, Krukow retired after the 1989 season with a 124-117 career record and a 3.90 ERA. Krukow resides in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Jennifer. The couple has five children, Jarek, Baker, Tessa, Chase and Weston.