To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the popular baseball movie “Bull Durham” on Saturday, the Asheville Tourists will wear uniforms featured in the movie and will give away “Crash Davis” bobbleheads.

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Parts of the movie, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, were shot at McCormick Field, home of the Tourists.

Davis, Costner’s fictional character in the movie, is ready to quit the game after a long minor-league career but hangs on long enough to sign with the Tourists and breaks the minor-league home-run record in a game at McCormick Field.

The Tourists, in their game vs. Augusta on Saturday, will wear the uniforms featured in the movie, which many list as the best baseball movie ever made.

And those custom-tailored uniforms will be available for auction for fans to own. Fans can go online now through midnight on June 19 to bid on the uniforms at TouristsAuctions.com. A buy now option is available.

Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the Asheville Tourists/Eblen Charities Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization that buys shoes for Buncombe County children.

In addition on Saturday, the first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Crash Davis bobblehead, a promotion presented by Harry’s on the Hill.

Game time is 6:05 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m.

ESPN has named Saturday’s Crash Davis night at McCormick Field the Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Week. The Crash Davis uniforms the Tourists will wear have already been showcased on SportsCenter and Around the Horn. 

Fans can pick up a limited-edition Crash Davis themed game day program as they enter the front gates. The program features a 30-year overdue acknowledgement by the Sporting News of Crash’s record-breaking accomplishment.

The Asheville Tourists/Eblen Charities Children’s Fund is celebrating its 20th year of helping local kids. In partnership with Eblen’s “If the Shoe Fits” Program, the Children’s Fund has raised more than $375,000 and distributed nearly 30,000 pairs of shoes for Buncombe County kids.

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The Colorado Rockies announced that the entire Tourists field staff from 2015 will return to Asheville for another campaign. Manager Warren Schaeffer will be joined in the Tourists' dugout by Development Supervisor Marv Foley; Hitting Coach Mike Devereaux; and Pitching Coach Mark Brewer. Also returning to the Blue Ridge for his second season is Athletic Trainer Casey Papas.

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With the Asheville Tourists 2015 home opener just over one month away, and the McCormick Field seating renovations taking shape, single-game tickets for 69 of the Tourists 70 home games are going on sale to the public this Saturday, March 14. Tickets to the July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza game will not go on sale until Saturday, May 2. The Asheville Tourists ServPro Box Office will be open from 10:00am-3:00pm this coming Saturday as well as weekdays from 8:30am-5:30pm. Single-game tickets are also available to purchase over the phone at (828)258-0428 or online at www.theashevilletourists.com beginning at 10:00am March 14.

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In 1915, Asheville celebrated its first baseball championship by taking the North Carolina State League title with a 74-46 record. That season also marked the first widespread use of the nickname Tourists in the local newspapers and among the club's fans.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the iconic nickname, the Asheville Tourists will have six jersey giveaway nights during the 2015 season at McCormick Field. Each of the giveaway nights will feature a specific replica uniform from notable seasons over the past century, beginning with the 1915 Jersey Presented by Aaron's, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance when the Tourists host the Lexington Legends on May 2nd.

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It is exactly 100 days until the Asheville Tourists open the gates at McCormick Field for their 2015 season home opener. This upcoming season will mark the 100th year since the franchise undertook the name Asheville Tourists.

Professional Baseball in the city of Asheville began in 1897 with the Asheville Moonshiners; however, it was in 1915 when the club first adopted the name Tourists after using the nickname Mountaineers the previous two seasons. Local newspapers started referring to the club as "Tourists" since the ballplayers hailed from all over the map. Once the team took on the name they won first place in both halves of the North Carolina State League in the 1915 season.

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The Colorado Rockies announced that former Tourists infielder Warren Schaeffer will manage the Asheville Tourists for the 2015 campaign. Schaeffer will be joined in the Tourists' dugout by Development Supervisor Marv Foley; Hitting Coach Mike Devereaux; and Pitching Coach Mark Brewer. Also new to the staff is Athletic Trainer Casey Papas, who served in the same role with Short Season-A Tri-City in 2014.

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Guy Skinner was the winner of a set of Callaway irons for his Hole-In-One on #13 (206 yards) at Sequoyah National during the Asheville Tourists Children's Fund Golf Tournament held August 18. Robert Green, owner of Golf USA, presented Skinner his new clubs. 

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