Jack Morris, Chris Osgood, Cecil Fielder Confirmed For SportsFest 2012 Among Others
Saturday, February 18, 2012
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
Exhibit Hall A
This exciting event includes autograph sessions with current and former athletes. Show admission is FREE! New this year…there is a one time $10 donation fee for athlete* autographs. 100% of the monies received will benefit the 97.1 The Ticket/Beaumont Student Heart Check Program. Attendees who make their one time $10 donation will receive a numbered wristband. Due to the high demand of autographs, a wristband lottery system will be used for select autographs.
Morris played played in 18 big league seasons between 1977 and 1994, mainly for the Detroit Tigers, and won 254 games throughout his career. Armed with a fastball, slider, devastating splitter and a fierce competitive spirit, Morris was a five-time All-Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1991), and played on three World Championship teams (1984 Tigers, 1991 Twins, and 1992 Blue Jays). While he gave up the most hits, earned runs and home runs of any pitcher in the 1980s, he also started the most games, pitched the most innings and was the winningest pitcher of the decade.
Sims was the first overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He spent his only five years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, making the Pro Bowl in 1980, 1981, and 1982. Sims led Detroit to the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, but they would go on to lose in the first round in both appearances. The 1983 Wild Card Game was perhaps most disappointing. At Candlestick Park against the San Francisco 49ers, Sims ran for 114 yards on 20 carries, but Joe Montana would go on to lead the 49ers to a comeback victory, as Detroit kicker Eddie Murray missed a field goal in the waning moments.
Sims career would ultimately end midway through the 1984 season when he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Sims finished his short professional career with 1131 carries for 5106 yards (4.5 yards per carry), and 186 receptions for 2072 yards (11.1 yards per catch). Sims remains a beloved former sports figure in Detroit. His number “20″ would go on to be worn five years after his retirement by Barry Sanders, and is currently retired as an unofficial “Triumvirate” of the greatest Lions in the modern era to ever wear the number, which also includes Hall of Fame defensive back Lem Barney.
Osgood currently ranked tenth in wins in NHL regular season history with 401 career wins. He spent the first part of his 17-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, then the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues before returning to Detroit in 2005. He won three Stanley Cup championships in his career, all with the Red Wings, with two of them coming while he was starting goaltender. He was known in Detroit by his nicknames “Ozzie,” chanted by the crowd after a big save, and “The Wizard of Oz.”
He was the last NHL goalie to wear a traditional player’s helmet/cage combo instead of the newer one piece goalie mask and probably will stay the last because he was grandfathered by the NHL. He is also one of only nine goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only five to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent’s net (not an “own goal”), on March 6, 1996 vs. the Hartford Whalers.
Lindsey is a former professional ice hockey player, a forward for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League. He scored over 800 points in his Hockey Hall of Fame career, won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950, and won the Stanley Cup four times. Often referred to as “Terrible Ted”, Lindsay helped to organize the National Hockey League Players’ Association in the late 1950s, an action which led to his trade to Chicago.
Ciccarelli is a Canadian former professional hockey player who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League, with the Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings . He scored 1,200 points in his NHL career. His 608 career NHL goals are also the most goals scored by a draft-eligible player who was not drafted by an NHL team. Ciccarelli was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (92nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Now in his fourth NFL season, Avril has proven effective as a pass rusher and has a knack for forcing fumbles while taking down opponent’s quarterbacks. Has played 56 career games (43 starts) and amassed 130 tackles (95 solo), 30.0 sacks (220.5 yards), 12 pass defenses, 14 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries (1 returned for a touchdown), and 1 interception (returned for a touchdown). Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8 (2011), first of career, following his performance against the Denver Broncos that included 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble return for touchdown. In 2010, registered career single-season high 8.5 sacks, despite missing three games due to injury. It didn’t take long for Avril to prove himself as a pro during his rookie season as he quickly emerged as a regular contributor in the defensive end rotation. Among all rookie pass rushers in 2008, he finished tied for first with 5.0 sacks and was first with four forced fumbles. Avril ended his first season with 22 tackles, having played 15 games, including the final four as a starter.
Fielder is a former professional baseball player who was a noted power hitter in the 1980s and 1990s. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He played with the Toronto Blue Jays (1985–88), Detroit Tigers (1990–96), New York Yankees (1996–97), Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians (both in 1998). In 1990, he became the first player to reach the 50-home run mark since George Foster hit 52 for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. He is the father of Detroit Tigers first baseman/designated hitter Prince Fielder, who in 2007 reached the 50-home run mark as his father had done.
Delmas was signed by the Lions to a four-year contract. Delmas returned a 65-yard fumble for a touchdown in Week 1 of the 2009 season against the New Orleans Saints. Delmas won September’s rookie defensive player of the month award. On December 20, 2009, Delmas became the first rookie in NFL history to record an interception return for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown and a safety in the same season. He is only the second player in NFL history to accomplish the feats in the same season. Delmas was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2010 NFL Season. Delmas was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season, despite missing 5 games to injuries.
Second-round draft pick, 1967. NFL interception co-leader, defensive Rookie of Year, 1967 . Fifth cornerback to enter Hall. Returned kicks, emergency punter. Career record: 1,077 yards on 56 interceptions, 1,312 yards on punt returns, 1,274 yards on kickoff returns. Scored 11 career touchdowns. In seven Pro Bowls, All-NFL/NFC four times. Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi.
2009-10: Appeared in a career high 75 games for Detroit…Registered career highs with 11 goals, 13 assists, 24 points and 18 PIM…Led Detroit with three shorthanded goals…Notched two shorthanded goals on 12/31 vs. Colorado, his first career multi-goal game…Led all Detroit forward with 187 hits…Scored his first career regular season goal on 10/29 at Edmonton…Three of his 11 goals were game-winning goals…Won 51.1% of his face-offs taken during the regular-season…Averaged 14:29 of ice time during the regular season…Appeared in all 12 postseason games for Detroit…Registered his only point of the postseason when he scored in Round 1, Game 6 vs. Phoenix…Averaged 13:56 of ice time during the postseason.
2010-11: Appeared in career-high 72 games (16 starts) averaging career-high numbers in points [7.5 (.410 FG, .401 3FG, .759 FT)], rebounds (3.8), assists (1.1) and minutes (20.1)…In 16 games as a starter, averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 25.8 minutes per game…Averaged 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 56 games as a reserve…Among NBA league leaders, ranked T-29 in three-point field goal percentage [.401 (69-172 3FG)]…Finished fourth among players 6-foot-11 or taller in three-point field goals made with 69 [Channing Frye (171), Charlie Villanueva (125) and Andrea Bargnani (77)]…Shot 42.6% (66-155 FG) as a starter and 40.2% (127-316 FG) off the bench…Scored 10-plus points 23 times and 20-plus points twice…Led the team in scoring and rebounding three times…Scored career-high 22 points vs. Minnesota (3/2)…Tied career-high seven field goals three times [vs. Boston (11/2), at Miami (1/28) and vs. Minnesota (3/2)]…Attempted a career-high 18 field goals vs. Minnesota (3/2)…Grabbed season-high nine rebounds at Miami (1/28)…Dished out career-high five assists at Philadelphia (4/13)…Tied a career-high three blocks twice [at Cleveland (3/25) and vs. Chicago (4/1)]…Tied career-high three steals twice [vs. Miami (2/11) and vs. Houston (2/22)]…Hit 10 consecutive three-point field goals from 11/5-11/15…Grabbed five-plus rebounds 27 times…DNP-CD eight times and missed two games due to injury (mild hamstring strain).
* Scheduled to appear. Athlete appearances are subject to change without notice.