The Bears and Panthers will square off at Hammons Field in the nine-inning exhibition contest Saturday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m., to assist former MSU shortstop and Glendale High School head coach Howard Bell in his fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
All seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served general admission basis, with advance tickets selling for $5. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game for $10 at the Hammons Field box office. All proceeds will go to the Help Coach Bell Strike Out ALS Fund.
Bell, who was diagnosed with ALS – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – in December, shares close connections with both the MSU and DU baseball programs. A three-year letterwinner for the Bears under current head coach Keith Guttin Bell capped his collegiate career with a standout 1986 campaign in which he was honored as Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year after hitting .396 and helping MSU to a school-record 47 victories and its third straight AMCU Tournament title. The Springfield Parkview product also spent more than a decade working on DU head coach Mark Stratton’s Glendale staff before taking over as head coach of the Falcons in 2005.
Tickets are also available by contacting Guttin (KeithGuttin@MissouriState.edu