Don King, a four decades Tulsa broadcaster will be the host for the 14th annual Claremore Field of Dreams Baseball Banquet. The gala is set for January 14 at the Claremore Conference Center. The evening starts a t 6:00 pm with a social hour and silent auction for sports memorabilia. The banquet and program start at 7:00 pm.
“Don has been in the Tulsa sports market since 1981 in radio and television play by play and sports talk”, said Rogers State University head baseball coach, Chris Klimas. “He is a regular at our banquets and our fans really enjoy his style of sportscasting.”
King worked at AM 1300 and AM 1430 for 25 years and had hundreds of game play by play assignments with Cox Cable for high school, college and professional sports. He is currently in his 16th season has the play by play voice of the Jenks Trojans. He has broadcast the most state high school championships on radio and television than any one. His past assignments have been play by play for the Tulsa 66’ers and Tulsa Shock professional basketball teams. King is now with Tyler Media in Tulsa with 1270 AM and 107.7 FM the Franchise.
The special guest for the Field of Dreams Banquet is 16-year major league veteran, Chris Chambliss. Chambliss was the 1971 American League Rookie of the Year, an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner and he played in three World Series, winning two.
Other baseball celebrities scheduled to appear include; Steve Bowling, Larry Burchart, Steve Crawford, George Frazier, Jeremy Hefner, Bobby Jones, Phil Kilmas, Roy Majtyka, Gerry Pirtle, Bob Shirley, Gene Shell, Ralph Terry, Jackson Todd and Rick Wrona.
Several Claremore residents that have played professional baseball that will be in attendance include Kenny Kinnard, former Oklahoma Military Academy coach, Luther Martin and Jake Remington. Also former Claremore High School stars that are currently in the minor leagues, Bryce Howe and Matt Whatley will be at the banquet.
“I want to encourage anyone that would like to attend to contact Paul Pixley for tickets,” stated Zebras high school coach Jim Sherl. “However we only have four tables remaining. This banquet has been a sell out each year, so call Pixley at 918-341-4223 for tickets as soon as possible.”
The banquet and sports memorabilia auction benefits the Claremore High School baseball program and the baseball program at Rogers State University.