Dinner on the Diamond 2023
Ted Simmons was the rarest of the rare in baseball: A catcher who could hit for power and average.
Born Aug. 9, 1949, in Highland Park, Mich., Simmons excelled in both baseball and football in high school, earning gridiron scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Colorado. But when the Cardinals made Simmons their first-round draft pick (10th overall) in 1967, the switch-hitting catcher knew his future was on the diamond.
Simmons debuted in the big leagues in 1968 as a 19-year-old prodigy. He led the California League in hitting in 1969, then joined the Cardinals for good in 1970. The next season, Simmons hit .304 with seven homers and 77 RBI – finishing 16th in the National League Most Valuable Player voting before he turned 23.
In his first seven full seasons in the majors, Simmons hit at least .303 ¦ve times, garnered MVP votes in six seasons and was named to four All-Star teams. His 193 hits in 1975 are the most of any catcher who caught at least 150 games in a season, and his 192 hits in 1973 rank second on that same list.
And Simmons kept on hitting. From 1971-83, he averaged 17 homers and 90 RBI per season to go along with a .294 batting average. He was named to six of his eight career All-Star Games in the 1970s.
Simmons was traded to the Brewers after the 1980 season, and in Milwaukee he helped the Brewers reach the playoffs in 1981 and advance to the World Series the following year. In the Fall Classic, Simmons hit two home runs – but his former Cardinals team won the title in a seven-game thriller.
Simmons finished his playing career from 1986-88 as a part-timer with the Braves then served as the Pirates’ general manager in the early 1990s. His final playing totals: A .285 batting average, 2,472 hits, 483 doubles, 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI. His 182 National League home runs ranked first on the all-time NL switch-hitters list at the time of his retirement.
Among those who played at least 50 percent of their games at catcher, Simmons ranks second in hits, second in doubles, second in RBI and fifth in runs. Simmons was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2020. He will be inducted the Summer of 2021.
BE AN MVP!
Be an MVP for a good cause! Tickets are just $200 each or entire tables of 10 are available for only $2,000. MVP guests have an opportunity to meet Ted Simmons in a private meet & greet located in the Spring¦eld Cardinals clubhouse.
Because of COVID-19 the Meet & Greet may look a little different for the MVP ticket holders
MVP Ticket holders will receive
Preferred table seating
A Hall of Fame Autographed Baseball
All-Star Social Tickets
Get your seat at the hottest dinner in Springfield. Enjoy a wonderful dinner on the diamond with guest speaker Ted Simmons while watching the REDHOT Saint Louis Cardinals on the big screen during the evening activities.
Dinner on the Diamond
Signed Autographed Ball with Signature Only
Why we do Dinner on the Diamond
The Shelly Sachs Foundation is a 501c3/W9 nonprofit organization assisting families living with, through and beyond cancer. The foundation is in loving memory of Shelly Sachs and was created by Aaron Sachs and his children to assist families fighting cancer. The Foundation’s purpose is to offer comfort to those who suffer with the burden of cancer. Cancer not only changes the patient but also the lives of their families. Cancer patients may suffer tremendous hardship emotionally and ¦nancially. We hope to take some of that worry and burden away from them.
$2000 – 2 All-Star tickets, Recognition on the jumbotron, at every table setting, Dinner on the Diamond website and the Shelly Sachs Foundation website.
$1000 – 2 All-Star tickets, Dinner on the Diamond website and the Shelly Sachs Foundation website.
$500 – 2 All-Star tickets and recognized as a sponsor on materials on tables.
Title Sponsor: – Aaron Sachs & Associates
$5000 – Grand Slam Sponsor – Presenting sponsor, signage on jumbotron, premiere placement in Dinner on the Diamond program, meet & greet, premium
reserved seating, autographed ball featuring signature and Hall of Fame year – includes (10) MVP tickets.
Diamond Sponsor – SOLD OUT – Maxon Fine Jewelry
$3500 – Meet & Greet Sponsor – Signage inside and outside of clubhouse, rotating signage on bottom right of Jumbotron – includes ten (10) MVP tickets
$3000 – Home Run Sponsor – Signage on jumbotron – includes ten (10) MVP tickets
$1750 – Champion Sponsor – Signage on jumbotron – includes two (2) All-Star tickets (Champion Sponsor hosts the family of the survivor speaker)
$1500 – Jersey Sponsor – Signage on bottom of video board (1 of 4 signs) – includes two (2) All-Star tickets.
$1000 – Dessert Sponsor – Signage on bottom of video board (1 of 4 Signs) – includes two (2) All-Star tickets.
MVP Table – $2,250 – 10 VIP tickets, premium reserved seating, meet & greet, autographed ball featuring signature and Hall of Fame year,
recognition at every table. (10 MVP Tables will be sold)
MVP Individual – $225 – 1 Individual VIP ticket with premium reserved seating, meet & greet, autographed ball featuring signature and
Hall of Fame year – (Must be sold in pairs) (50 MVP)
All-Star Table – $1,750 – 10 tickets, reserved table -Dinner on the Diamond, autographed ball with signature only, recognition at every table.
All-Star Individual – $175 – 1 Individual ticket, Dinner on the Diamond, autographed ball with signature only.