Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman, Ed Charles, Josh Lewin and Mr. Met To Attend QBC15

Updated program schedule HERE (updated November 17th) including Wally Backman, Mookie Wilson and Mr. Met!

WHAT IS THE QUEENS BASEBALL CONVENTION? A mid-winter gathering of fans of baseball, held in Queens. Our design is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” The spirit of the day is for the fans to get together, celebrate baseball in Queens, and to bring the kiddies and bring the wife. Events will range from appearances by players, panels, trivia, mascot appearances…and a whole lot more.

WHAT WAS 2014 LIKE? Attendees included Ron Darling, Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky and Mr. Met. You can see a recap of QBC14 here.

WHAT WILL BE AT QBC15? Here is the updated programming schedule, including the announcements of Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman.

WHEN AND WHERE IS IT? January 10, 2015 at McFadden’s Citi Field.

HOW MUCH TO GET IN? $35

ARE AUTOGRAPHS INCLUDED? We are working with player reps but the plan is that like last year your admission will get you two “free” autographs.  We will make sure the players are of similar caliber to last year (which were Darling and Kranepool.) We may be able to get more players to come if we work out some other scenarios.  So maybe “Joe Player” comes, does some panels, and if you want his autograph too you can go to a table and pay some amount.  And if autographs (beyond the two mentioned above) don’t interest you then you don’t have to spend extra, but the player is still there and maybe does some panels. This is the part where you guys buying in advance off good faith and last year’s reputation helps us make it bigger and better by giving us working capital to reinvest in this part.

I LIKE THAT LOGO.  THAT WOULD LOOK GOOD ON A T-SHIRT. We’re kicking things off with a ticket and tee offer.  $45 gets you in the door and you get your t-shirt day on the day of the event (extra $2 for larger sizes.). QBC15_shirt COOL. I’M EXCITED. HOW DO I BUY TICKETS? Right here!

Updates and QBC Blog

Gil Hodges Award to be awarded to Ed Charles at QBC15

Gil Hodges Award to be awarded to Ed Charles at QBC15

Greg Prince and Art Shamsky with Gil Hodges Jr. at QBC14

Greg Prince and Art Shamsky with Gil Hodges Jr. at QBC14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

QBC’S GIL HODGES UNFORGETTABLE FIRE AWARD TO BE PRESENTED TO 1969 LEGEND ED CHARLES

CONVENTION COMING TO McFADDEN’S CITI FIELD JANUARY 10, 2015

FLUSHING, N.Y. — The Queens Baseball Convention is proud to announce it will present The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award to Ed Charles, third baseman of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets, at the second annual QBC, coming to McFadden’s Citi Field on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

The Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award is presented each year by QBC to a special figure in our team’s history, someone whose memory will always warm our hearts, brighten our spirits and light our way. In 2014, the first award was dedicated to Hodges himself and was accepted by his son, Gil Hodges, Jr., accompanied by 1969 Mets right fielder Art Shamsky.

QBC chose Charles as the 2015 recipient in recognition of a remarkable baseball life, one that has spanned decades and encompassed unmatched experiences. While he is best remembered as the Poet Laureate of the Miracle Mets, Charles’s mark on the game dates back to his childhood in Florida, as portrayed in the movie 42. Inspired by Jackie Robinson, he persevered across ten years in the minor leagues, denied the break he deserved for too long. When called up at last to the majors at the age of 28, he excelled for the Kansas City Athletics, the team that ultimately traded him to the Mets in 1967.

As a Met who’d been playing professional baseball since 1952, “the Glider” made his most indelible contribution, helping to guide a mostly young team to the greatest heights the franchise had ever scaled. Beloved by teammates during and after that championship season, Charles maintained a presence in baseball following his retirement, serving the Mets as a scout and making dreams come true winter after winter at fantasy camps in Port St. Lucie. His appearances at Shea Stadium and Citi Field have always been greeted warmly, and for good reason.

“You can’t imagine the Mets without 1969 and you can’t imagine the 1969 Mets without Ed Charles,” said Greg Prince, co-author of the blog Faith and Fear in Flushing and consulting historian to QBC. “What Gil Hodges meant to that team in the dugout, Ed meant to them on the field. He was someone to look up to, someone who knew how to lead and, ultimately, how to win.”

Charles and Hodges, Jr., are both slated to take part in a special ceremony, capping off an exciting QBC day that will include appearances by Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman.

The goal of the Gil Hodges Unforgettable Fire Award, according to Prince, is to keep Gil’s legacy aglow so even those who don’t remember him first-hand “understand what it means to have somebody like that set our team on its path and realize that all the best elements of sportsmanship and humanity can come together in a Mets uniform and a Mets clubhouse. Gil’s life in and out of baseball reminds us that some things and some people transcend mere championships — though let’s not overlook that first championship, forever the signature achievement of this franchise.”

Gil Hodges (1924-1972) was a standout major league first baseman beloved by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets, the latter of whom he led to the championship of the baseball world in 1969.

The Queens Baseball Convention thanks the members of the Hodges family for their blessing of this award.

Tickets to QBC — a midwinter celebration of the national pastime and the team that calls Queens home — can be purchased at QueensBaseballConvention.com.

For media inquiries, contact shannon@metspolice.com

New Panel: Meet the Mets Executives

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You may have noticed the “unannounced panel” on the schedule for QBC15. We’re happy to announce that panel will be Meet The Mets Executives.

Shannon Shark (MetsPolice.com) will be joined by Mark Fine, Sr. Director of Marketing (and a returnee from QBC14) and Harold Kaufman the relatively new Executive Director of Communications.  A third exec may also join us.

Come on by the Panels Room at 1:30 for Meet The Mets Executives.  See you on January 10th, get your tickets now!

Vote for the Mazzy for Player of the Year

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It’s time to start the voting for The Mazzys which will be presented at the 2015 Queens Baseball Convention at McFadden’s Citi Field on January 10th.  The emcee for the festivities is going to blow your mind.

So Mets fans…your chance to vote:

New presentation – Lindsey Nelson: Voice of the Mets

New presentation – Lindsey Nelson: Voice of the Mets

We’re happy to announce yet another item to the jam-packed 2015 Queens Baseball Convention (January 10th at McFadden’s Citi Field).

Lindsey Nelson: Voice of the Mets.

This presentation will cover Lindsey Nelson’s career with a focus on his tenure with the Mets, why he was a great fit for the Mets fans, and his impact on Mets Nation. Sources will include Nelson’s autobiography, interviews with family members, and contemporary newspaper accounts. Join David Krell (from QBC14’s Mets and Popular Culture presentation) for this great look at Lindsey Nelson.

New Panel: Should the Mets retire….?

The Queens Baseball Convention (January 10th at McFadden’s Citi Field) has announced a new panel discussion called “Should the Mets retire…?”

Join us for a discussion of numbers like 31, 17 and any other number you’d like to suggest.

The time of the panel and the moderator will be announced shortly.

Adam Rubin (@adamrubinespn) to moderate Wally Backman panel at Queens Baseball Convention

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We’re very excited to announce that ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin will serve as moderator for the Wally Backman panel at the 2015 Queens Baseball Convention.

The Wally Backman panel will take place at 2:15pm.

Following the panel, Wally will sign autographs for an hour.  The autograph is included in your admission.

Adam will also take part in a separate “Ask Adam Rubin” session where fans can ask Adam about the Mets, his career, or anything else (within reason.)

The Queens Baseball Convention will be held on January 10, 2015 at McFadden’s Citi Field.

Other QBC programming includes:

  • A Mookie Wilson panel (plus autograph session included in your ticket)
  • A panel on ’86 Mets: The Movie
  • A discussion of “Meaningful Games In September: Good Enough?”
  • A “Decades” panel hosted by The7Line’s Darren Meenan with one fan each representing one decade (60’s, 70’s….)
  • The annual “Greatest Discussion Of Mets Uniforms” presented by Paul Lukas of Uni Watch
  • A mascot we haven’t announced
  • Another mascot we haven’t announced
  • The Gil Hodges Award presentation
  • The Jersey Parade
  • The Mazzy Awards

…with more to be announced.  Tickets are available below.