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.
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.