Bell added to Sports Spec­tac­u­lar lineup

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BROADLEY

Leg­endary Blue Jay Ge­orge Bell will be one of the big draws at the St. Thomas Sports Spec­tac­u­lar.

Bell played 12 sea­sons with the Jays and is a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame.

“Ge­orge ranks sev­enth in the al­ltime list of great­est Blue Jays,” said or­ga­nizer Gary Clarke. “He’s in the Cir­cle of Ex­cel­lence that the Blue Jays have.”

The event is in its 41st year and will ben­e­fit the lo­cal Spe­cial Olympics and Com­mu­nity Liv­ing El­gin. It has raised more than $500,000 over four decades.

Along with Bell, WWE tag team Ax and Smash, Olympic gold medal­ist Alex Kopacz of Lon­don, Blue Jays broad­caster Mike Wil­ner, for­mer Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Mike Pal­ma­teer, Stan­ley Cup cham­pion De­rian Hatcher and Blue Jays pitcher Sam Gav­iglio will be fea­tured at the Sports Spec­tac­u­lar.

“We pretty well sell out ev­ery year. Last year we ac­tu­ally let ex­tra tick­ets go be­cause Roberto Alo­mar was such a huge draw,” Clarke said. “We’re think­ing Ge­orge Bell will be same thing.”

FILE PHOTO

For­mer Toronto Blue Jays Ge­orge Bell throws out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch against theTexas Rangers in game five of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Series in Toronto in 2015.

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