Top Minor League Pitcher Visits Hospitalized Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 20 May 2002

Top-rated Detroit Tigers farm team pitcher Mike Maroth will be going to bat for veterans Wednesday, May 22, 2002, when he visits sick and disabled veterans at the Detroit VA Medical Center in Detroit, Mich., as part of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Celebrity Entertainment Program.

Maroth is scheduled to begin his hospital visit at 10:00 a.m., signing autographs, presenting patients with souvenirs, and helping brighten the day for sick and disabled veterans. A left-handed pitcher, Maroth is 6-0 with the Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Tigers, and sports a 2.28 ERA this season. He was the 2nd pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 1998 draft, and was traded to the Tigers in 2000. Often compared to Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves, Maroth was born in Orlando, Fla., and attended the University of Central Florida. He and his wife, Brooke, currently make their home in Jacksonville, Fla.

The visit by Maroth to the Detroit VA Medical Center, 4646 John R. Drive, will be his first as part of the DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program. He joins NASCAR drivers Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler, Major League Baseball Umpires Larry Barnett and Jerry Layne, and others participating in the program. These celebrities generously donate their time to remember the men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of liberty.

We are proud to welcome Mike to our DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program," said DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr. "I know that his visit to the Detroit VA Medical Center will bring a great deal of joy to the men and women veterans being treated there. Many of these wonderful veterans rarely get visitors. They have sacrificed a great deal to defend our nation's liberty, and they should get the respect and care they deserve."

The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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