This year’s National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series has a slightly different feel, thanks to some of the star power that has turned out to Wichita.
NBC’s World Series is a longtime staple at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. While this year is also featuring the traditional slate of college teams, also on hand this year are teams of former big leaguers and celebrities. Retired first baseman Adam LaRoche has been around much of the tournament, and on Monday he played in a game that featured plenty of other notable names. More from the AP:
Featuring a host of ex-MLB players, the Stars are participating in their first-ever NBC World Series at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Former MLB pitching standouts Josh Beckett & Tim Hudson played and batted in the game. Country music singer Toby Keith threw out the first pitch and Roger Clemens was also on hand. Clemens will reportedly take the mound on Wednesday for the Stars against the NJCAA national team.
LaRoche helped organized the Kansas Stars, which comprises of several one-time major league standouts, including fellow Kansas native Nate Robertson, and the aforementioned trio of Beckett, Hudson, and Clemens. The Wichita Eagle also has a pretty good rundown of some of the notable celebrities that have appeared at this year’s tournament. The NBC Championship Week continues through this week, concluding on Saturday, August 13.