September 4, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Former Notre Dame All-America baseball player and Major Leaguer Dan Peltier will be among the returnees for the annual Notre Dame’s Baseball Alumni Game, to be held on Saturday morning, Sept. 5 at Frank Eck Stadium on the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus.
Practice will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the game to run from 10:00-11:00 (admission is free). Fifth-year Notre Dame head coach Paul Mainieri will coach one squad while Chuck Lennon-former Irish baseball player and current executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association-will coach opposite Mainieri.
Peltier, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y. who played with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants during his eight-year professional baseball career, has not participated in the Irish baseball alumni game since 1989-following his first season in pro ball. A consensus first team All-American in 1989, Peltier also earned Academic All-America recognition in 1987 and ’88. Peltier’s .406 career batting average remains first in Irish history while his 202 RBI and 60 doubles stand second in the Irish record book (despite the fact he played just three seasons).
Other noteworthy alumni game participants include lefthander Frank Carpin (Richmond, Va.)-who still holds the Irish record for strikeouts in a game (19) and in a season (102, in 1958)-and righthander Brian Piotrowicz (1987-90; North Liberty, Ind., now living in Rochester, N.Y.), whose 2.72 career ERA ranks fifth in Irish history.
Infielder Mike Moshier (Rome, N.Y., now living in Basking Ridge, N.J.), who joined with Peltier in helping the Irish advance to the 1988 NCAA Tournament, also is expected to attend.
Rich Sauget, Sr. (1964-66) and Rich Sauget, Jr. (1994-96), of Sauget, Ill., are expected to serve as a unique battery at some point during the alumni game, with the elder Sauget receiving pitches from his son.
Other players who are expected to attend the alumni game include: centerfielder Dick Nussbaum (1971-74; Moon Township, Pa., now living in South Bend); lefthanded pitchers Wally Widelski (1994-97; South Holland, Ill.) and Bob Jaeger (1968-69; Short Hills, N.J., now living in Colorado Springs, Colo.); righthander pitchers Ron Mottl (1955; Parma, Ohio, now living in North Royalton, Ohio), Paul Besser (1955; Buffalo, N.Y., now living in Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Larry Lackner (1981; South Bend, Ind.); infielders Robert Cianchetti (1944; Brooklyn, N.Y., now living in Wading River, N.Y.), James Abbatiello (1976-77; Westbury, N.Y., now living in Patchogua, N.Y.) and Scott Siler (1980-82; Elkhart, Ind.); first baseman/outfielder Jim Gillis (1949-51; Huntington Beach, Calif., now living in Taluca Lake, Calif.); catcher Jim Montagano (1978-79, ’81; Elkhart, Ind.; now living in Rochester Hills, Mich.); Dave Lerman (South Bend) and Fred Thon (San Juan Puerto Rico, now living in South Bend).