The Reading Fightin Phils (Class AA; Eastern League) are holding an unusual promo: the team is giving away a 1991 Jaguar owned by first baseman Jim Murphy.
The raffle will benefit Baseballtown Charities and its Baer Park Rehabilitation Project.
Instead of driving the car back to his home state of Washington after the end of the season, Murphy decided to give the Fightins his 1991 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign to raffle off over the final nine-game homestand starting Thursday, August 22nd to benefit the team’s charitable arm. Tickets to win this stately ride are $5 each or five for $20. (The photo is of a 1991 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign, but it’s not Murphy’s specific car.)
The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, August 29, following the team’s final home game at FirstEnergy Stadium where Murphy will officially present the keys to the car’s new owner.
The XJ6 is adorned with a chrome Jaguar hood ornament atop the Savoy Gray metallic exterior. Murphy’s Jaguar comes with beige leather seats, perfect cushioning for those long drives home after a night at the ballpark. The executive car also features some of the early 1990s top amenities, such as a car phone, cassette player (!) with a six-speaker sound system, and automatic seat belts.
Proceeds from the raffle benefit Baseballtown Charities’ Baer Park renovation. Announced in May, the project is the organization’s next step in revitalizing baseball in the City of Reading. As the first target identified by Baseballtown Charities and the City of Reading Parks and Recreation Commission, Baer Park will receive fencing, major field renovations, and total bleacher replacement.
Baseballtown Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, was founded in 2002 in association with the Reading Phillies in order to keep baseball alive in Reading through charitable donations to underprivileged youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to play baseball. The organization also pays tribute to Reading’s rich baseball history.
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