Ryan Klesko, Jim Leyritz and about 20 other former Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees will take the field at Riley Park next month for the annual Legends in the South Alumni Game.
Slated for June 8, the game will feature several names that are near and dear to fans of the historical franchises. Batting practice starts at 4 p.m. and the first pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
This is the third year the event has been hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees’ low-level Single A affiliate.
And with so many Braves fan in close proximity, bringing the rivalry to Charleston makes sense, said RiverDogs president and general manager Dave Echols.
"The concept accomplishes our baseball mission in quite a few ways," Echols said. "We showcase that great rivalry. We get fans who want to relive those days and we bring in a lot of young teams for free so it connects the young kids to the history.
“This is Braves’ country and we’re a Yankee affiliate so it just really gives our fans the best of both worlds.”
Braves fans won’t soon forget Klesko, who made history in 1995 when he became the first player ever to hit a home run in three consecutive World Series games.
The slugger played 16 seasons with the Braves, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. Over his career, he batted .279 with 278 home runs and 1,564 total hits.
Joining Klesko on the roster is pitcher Steve Avery, who won 72 games in seven seasons with Atlanta.
Though he played for neither franchise, former MLB slugger and Darlington native Orlando Hudson will play in the Legends game as an honorary Yankee.
In his 11-year career, Hudson received four Gold Gloves and was named to two All-Star teams. An average season for the former second baseman included a .273 batting average with 11 homers and 65 RBIs.
General admission tickets for the game start at $12.