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Brown & Gold: A.J. Pierzynski to speak at USF banquet

The White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski watches his solo home run during a game against Cleveland in 2012. Pierzynski will speak at the University of St. Francis Brown & Gold banquet Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
The White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski watches his solo home run during a game against Cleveland in 2012. Pierzynski will speak at the University of St. Francis Brown & Gold banquet Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

JOLIET – For the second consecutive year, a World Series champion catcher will headline University of St. Francis' Brown & Gold Night.

A.J. Pierzynski will be the guest speaker at the 41st annual event, which will be held in the Pat Sullivan Center on Nov. 8.

A two-time All-Star, Pierzynski was a member of the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. During the White Sox's run through the postseason, he drove in nine runs and hit three home runs.

Pierzynski was a career .280 hitter with 188 home runs, 407 doubles and 909 RBIs over 19 seasons. He played for seven teams, including the Minnesota Twins (1998-2003), San Francisco Giants (2004), White Sox (2005-2012), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015-16). He currently is an MLB analyst on Fox. 

Pierzynski joins an impressive list of Chicago professional sports personalities who have served as the featured speaker at the Brown & Gold event. That list includes former White Sox teammate Frank Thomas (2013), Cubs catcher David Ross (early 2017), Cubs executive vice-president/general manager Jed Hoyer (2016), Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster (2014), Bears Super Bowl XX quarterback Jim McMahon (2012), Denis Savard of the Blackhawks (2011), Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs (2008) and Bears' Mike Ditka (1982, 2007) and Dick Butkus (1980).

Other notable speakers at past Brown & Gold events were longtime Marquette University basketball coach and network television analyst Al McGuire (1977, 1987), basketball coaching legend John Wooden (1978), two-time Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr (1994), former DePaul coaching legend Ray Meyer (1979), USF's own Gordie Gillespie (1996) and Olympic wrestler and coach Dan Gable (2002).

The annual fundraiser begins with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m.,followed by dinner at 7 and the program at 8. The event also will include a silent auction.

Tickets are available for $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorships also are available.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the USF athletic department at 1-815- 740-3842 or visit www.gofightingingsaints.com.

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