Reds set for night at the PawSox
The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will converge on McCoy Stadium for the fourth annual Reds Night at the PawSox on Monday.
Former Reds great Bob Leduc will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Pawtucket Red Sox host the Louisville Bats in an International League contest at 7:05 p.m. Leduc will be the headliner among several former Reds who will attend the game.
“It should be a great night for both hockey and baseball fans,” said Buster Clegg, founding president of the Reds’ Heritage Society. “The PawSox have a great team and they’re helping us honor some great (hockey) players.”
The night’s festivities, as far as the Reds Heritage Society is concerned, will begin at 5 p.m., when one-time hockey stars and society members gather for a barbecue under the McCoy Stadium tents. Tickets are $35 each and include dinner and a game ticket.
Attendees will also be eligible to win commemorative ornaments, which the society produced in honor of the Reds 1955-56 Reds Calder Cup Championship team.
To purchase tickets or get more information call (401) 247-2666.
Leduc, who like many former Reds made his home in Rhode Island, operates a large hardware and garden complex in North Smithfield. He’ll be signing autographs at the Cox Communications Center at McCoy with other Reds players once the game begins.
Clegg this week announced that Leduc will be joined by ex-Boston Bruins stars Gary Doak and Ross Brooks and former Reds greats Stan Baluik, Serge Boudreault and Ray Clearwater.
Leduc led the Reds with 32 goals during the 1969-70 season, finishing in a tie for seventh place among the AHL’s top goal scorers. He also demonstrated that scoring prowess early in his career when he scored 50 goals for Sudbury in Canada’s tough Junior A competition.
He moved to the new World Hockey Association in 1972 and played three seasons for Ottawa and Toronto, also coaching the latter team in his final season there. The Reds Heritage Society honored Leduc four years ago with its Tops Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Reds and his public service in the community.