Former St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove catcher Tom Pagnozzi will be the special guest at the third annual Claremore Field of Dreams Baseball Banquet Jan. 14 at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.

Pagnozzi played for the Cardinals from 1987 through 1998, appearing in the 1987 World Series and the 1992 All-Star Game.

He won three Gold Gloves as the top defensive catcher in the National League. His .999 fielding percentage in 1992 is the second-best number among catchers in major-league history. He committed only one error in 138 games that year.

The announcement of Pagnozzi was made Saturday in a joint statement from Ron Bradley, Rogers State University baseball coach, Brannon Feese, Claremore High School baseball coach, and Paul Pixley, Claremore American Legion baseball commissioner.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the baseball programs of the American Legion RSU and Claremore High School. Work is continuing on the new clubhouse and locker room at Legion Field.

Pagnozzi, a native of Tucson, played at Central Arizona Junior College before transferring to the University of Arkansas in 1983. He was drafted by the Cardinals and earned his spot on the major-league roster after four years in the minors.

Making his home in Fayetteville, Ark., he has served as a volunteer coach with the Razorbacks. His Pagnozzi Charities and Pagnozzi Youth Sports Scholarship Program have provided scholarships to more than 1,800 youngsters.

“He is a community leader,” Feese said. “He has given his time and money to many charities since his playing days.”

It was earlier announced that baseball broadcaster Bob Carpenter would serve as emcee.

Tables for six are $600 and can be purchased through Bradley, 343-7787.

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