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Clinic During Little League Baseball World Series

Tony Gwynn, Harold Reynolds to Stage Hitting
Clinic During Little League Baseball World Series

Free admission for all, and free video or DVD to first 5,000 children attending

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 21, 2002) – Former Major League second baseman Harold Reynolds has become a familiar face around Williamsport and the Little League Baseball World Series, having covered the event for ESPN and ABC for four years. Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters ever, is new to the Series this year as an analyst for both networks.

Both will be center-stage on Friday at 9 a.m. at Little League Volunteer Stadium, however, for a free one-hour hitting clinic offered to any youngster. Thanks to Snickers, the first 5,000 children attending will receive either a VHS video or DVD of the first volume of Mr. Reynolds’ new teaching aide, “Harold Reynolds Presents Baseball.” Volume one is entitled “Hitting with Tony Gwynn.”

“Tony and I will be giving tips on hitting to everyone who wants to attend,” Mr. Reynolds said. “Then we’ll take questions from the crowd and have some fun with it.”

Snickers, an official sponsor of Little League Baseball, purchased the videos and DVDs. Following the clinic, Little League Baseball World Series teams will participate in a hitting contest.

“We’re grateful to Snickers for helping out,” Mr. Reynolds said. “This is something I’ve been working on for a few years, and this will be a great way to kick it off.”

Mr. Reynolds said subsequent volumes in the baseball skills series will include pitching, coaching, fielding, base running and more.

Mr. Gwynn, a 15-time all-star, retired following the 2001 season. He spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, finishing with a.338 lifetime batting average. He batted at least .300 in 19 seasons, surpassing Honus Wagner’s previous record of 17, set from 1897 to 1913. 

Mr. Reynolds spent 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, 10 with the Seattle Mariners, and was a two-time all-star. He led the American league in stolen bases (60) in 1987, and led in triples (12) in 1988.