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Abilene to celebrate John Lackey Day Saturday

For immediate release
Nov. 6, 2002

Mayor Grady Barr has declared Saturday, Nov. 9, "John Lackey Day" in Abilene in honor of former Abilene High Eagle athlete John Lackey, the 24-year-old baseball pitcher who recently led the Anaheim Angels to win the World Series.

A John Lackey Day Rally will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, at Moody Coliseum on the Abilene Christian University campus. Coliseum doors will open to the public at 1 p.m. for the free event.

Lackey will speak at the rally and sign autographs at the conclusion of the rally. His parents, Sharon and Derran Lackey, will also be guest speakers. Derran Lackey was the Abilene High head baseball coach until he left Abilene earlier this year to head the baseball program at Mesquite Horn. Derran and Sharon Lackey, both ACU graduates, called Abilene home for 30 years and raised their family, including John and his sister, Sarah, here.

In addition, video highlight clips from the 2002 World Series games will be shown at the rally, and John Lackey will be honored with some special presentations.

Youth baseball players from the Big Country area are invited to wear their baseball jerseys and caps to the rally. In addition, people are encouraged to bring their "Rally Monkeys" and to wear red clothing, the team color for the Anaheim Angels.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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