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Lexington Legends to offer a mix of new and traditional promotions next season

The Lexington Legends will offer their fans a combination of brand-new promotions along with traditional favorites next season. The Legends announced promotions and start times for the 2017 schedule Monday.   Tickets for individual home games will be available for purchase Dec. 8, much earlier than ever before. Group outings and a variety of season ticket plans are already on sale.  Fans can again...

Legends’ execs Durbin, Mapson recognized with pair of awards from South Atlantic League

The Lexington Legends and two of their executives have been recognized with awards from the South Atlantic League. The Legends as an organization received the Club Merit Award, which is given, according to league criteria, “to recognize the complete baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and success, as well as significant contributions to its community and to the South Atlantic...

Concerts, autograph sessions enhance Legends’ SAL All-Star experience

The South Atlantic League All-Star game is actually much more than one baseball game. The Lexington Legends and Whitaker Bank Ballpark will serve as hosts for the game June 21. A number of special events surround the game, which matches the top players from the Northern and Southern Divisions of the South Atlantic League. Paul Miller Ford is the presenting sponsor for the All-Star game. “The All-Star...

Local Legends: Lexington’s Miller, Boyle County product Bodner will open season with Legends

The Lexington Legends’ opening day roster will include two players with strong local ties, two top returnees from last year’s pitching staff as well as some prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ system who are moving up from the rookie leagues. The Legends open the season Thursday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Outfielder...

New at Whitaker Bank Ballpark: Bullpen patio, Stache Shoppe, concessions menu and more

“What’s new at the ballpark?” It’s a question fans often ask as a new season of Lexington Legends baseball approaches. This year, there are several answers. The Legends have invested more than $500,000 in facilities upgrades, all designed to add to the fan experience. Immediately upon entering the ballpark, fans will notice a more wide-open entry plaza that will make it easier to get to seating...

Legends accounted for over 100 fundraising events in 2015, total donations exceed $1 million

The Lexington Legends have announced donations for 2015 totaling $1,087,832 to a variety of non-profit organizations serving central Kentucky. More than 100 fund-raising events were held at Whitaker Bank Ballpark last year, helping organizations raise more than $355,000. The Legends front office staff, players and coaches participated in 230 appearances in the community, and volunteered for 275 hours...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at 'party with a purpose'

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at ‘party with a purpose’

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

Legends’ Andy Shea a ‘Bigger Brother’
and mentor to wide-ranging ‘family’ of kids

Andy Shea and his extended family, Christian, Byron, Curtis and Daron. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Andy Shea’s adult life has been consumed by baseball. That was until he met a kid named Christian. From there the world for Shea, a single, footloose sports-focused young professional, expanded dramatically.   Shea, general manager, president and CEO of...

Dancing with the Lexington Stars returns with celebrity couples helping Surgery on Sunday

The Rotary Club of Lexington is pulling out all the stops … or dancing shoes, rather, for its Dancing with the Lexington Stars charity event May 10 at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Eleven celebrity pairs will be judged by almost as many celebrity judges ABC’s Dancing with the Stars judge Louis Van Amstel.   Julie Dolan and Andy Barger                     Who’s...

Lexington Legends add Appalachia Proud Burgers to 2014 menu of Kentucky foods

When Lexington Legends fans buy their peanuts and Cracker Jacks at the ballpark this season, they can also buy hamburgers from a Kentucky Proud supplier, The Chop Shop of Wolfe County.   “We are pleased to make Appalachia Proud Burgers from The Chop Shop the exclusive hamburger of the Lexington Legends in 2014,” club President Andy Shea said. “The Lexington Legends have a proud, long-standing...

Lexington Legends introduce home-run promotional opportunity for local nonprofits

The Lexington Legends are inviting non-profit organizations to participate in their Community Organization of the Night program during the 2014 season.   The Community Organization program offers nonprofits a variety of opportunities to publicize their work at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and on Legends radio broadcasts during each of the Legends’ 70 home games. Hundreds of organizations throughout...

Lexington Legends reserve seat in honor
of military personnel who are POW/MIA

Seat one in row 14 reads, ‘Reserved for a MIA/POW. We will never forget you.’ (Photo from Lexington Legends)   The Lexington Legends baseball team celebrated Veterans Day by permanently reserving a seat at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in honor of military personnel who are prisoners of war or missing in action.   Seat one in row 14 of section 201, located on the first base side near...

Andy Shea dedicated to Legends’ success, making ballpark a community resource

By Stephen Burnett KyForward correspondent   It may not have his name on it like a famous New York City baseball stadium, but Whitaker Bank Ballpark has been home to Andy Shea for almost eight years.   In another universe, Shea might have himself been a professional baseball player. For years the Pennsylvania native and marketing/human resources student had dreamed of going playing for more...