Roy White keynote speaker for Leland Hot Stove League Banquet

Roy White keynote speaker for Leland Hot Stove League Banquet

Press Release courtesy Chuck Carree

Roy White played 15 seasons of major league baseball and has two World Series rings with the New York Yankees.

No doubt he has wonderful stories to tell as the keynote speaker at the Leland Hot Stove League Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the North Brunswick High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.

Admission is $25 – an increase of $5 from previous years – to offset cost for staging the annual event.

For White, it is his first visit to the Wilmington area, although not his first in North Carolina.  Coming up through the minor leagues, he played in the Carolina League as well as the Southern League.

White said he accepted the invitation as keynote speaker after former teammate and previous keynote speaker Mike Torrez told him the Leland Hot Stove League sought an ex-Yankee as guest speechmaker.

In addition to Torrez, other previous Yankees speakers included Bucky Dent, Tommy John and Bobby Richardson.

As a switch-hitting left fielder and superb fielder, White won back-to-back World Series in 1976-77 and participated in the 1969 and 1970 All-Star Games.

The timing of his major league debut in September 1965 was significant because his first inaugural season coincided with the imminent retirement of Yankees greats Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford and Elston Howard. In essence, it represented a changing of the guard.

"That was a thrill,'' White said. "I never thought I would be up there with guys whom I grew up watching on television while I was in junior high and high school.''

Barry Foote, another former Yankee, will be the secondary speaker at the hot stove league event.