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Tickets, Tables Now Available for 2014 Gala Honoring Verne Lundquist

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation will honor longtime CBS sports announcer Verne Lundquist at the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Nov. 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel.

Lundquist is the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football.   He also is one of the network’s main voices for coverage of NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.    Verne also provides commentary for the Masters Golf Tournament. 

“I first met Bobby Bragan 50 years ago, in the spring of 1964, when he was the manager of the Milwaukee Braves and I was in my first year in sports television in Austin,” said Lundquist.  “I interviewed him prior to an exhibition game played there."

Verne will be interviewed on stage during the Gala by longtime Cowboys' play-by-play announcer Brad Sham.

Tickets are available for $250 a piece. Tables for ten begin at $2,000. Please contact Janet Cooper at 817-870-2300 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to order tickets.

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BBYF Scholarship Winners, Finalists Celebrated at UTA

The awards ceremony for the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship competition was held Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.

This year’s scholarship winners and remaining finalists were recognized.

The afternoon also featured a panel discussion of BBYF scholarship winners who will be graduating high school this spring will take place. This year’s winners and finalists, who will be entering high school in the fall, had the opportunity to learn what to expect in high school from these graduating seniors.

Click "Read more" to see photos of the celebration taken by Bob Haynes.

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DFW SABR Chapter Re-named For Bobby Bragan, Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks and Bobby Bragan, two of the most illustrious players and baseball executives that have called the DFW Metroplex home, now will be honored as namesakes of the DFW Banks-Bragan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Banks-Bragan Chapter President Paul Rogers made the announcement after a vote by area SABR members to change the name from the Hall-Ruggles Chapter – the group’s designation from its founding in 1992 until January 2014.

"Naming our DFW chapter after Banks, a Hall of Fame shortstop and career-long Chicago Cub via Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School where he graduated in 1950; and Bragan, a baseball advocate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 60-plus years, provides us with increased visibility and the ability to honor two of the giant figures in baseball history with strong Metroplex ties,” Rogers said. “Banks and Bragan represent all that is good about baseball, both on and off the field, and we are excited to be able to permanently honor their baseball legacy in this way."

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2013-2014 BBYF Scholarship Winners Announced

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of this year's 37 scholarship winners. Each winner receives a $2,500 college scholarship upon completion of high school and enrollment in college. These eighth graders will be honored April 27th at the Scholarship Celebration.

This year, the BBYF received a record number of 233 finalist applications from 120 middle and junior high schools across the metroplex for the 2013/2014 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation college scholarship competition. Participating schools represent 21 independent school districts across the metroplex and one charter school. These include A. W. Browne FLA (charter), Aledo, Arlington, Birdville, Burleson, Carroll, Castleberry, Crowley, Dallas, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Everman, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine-Colleyville, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Joshua, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Mansfield, Northwest, and White Settlement.

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation board of directors congratulates the winners and the finalists for being chosen to represent their school in this year’s BBYF scholarship competition.

Please click on the "Read more" link to view the list of this year’s BBYF winners and finalists:

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Bragan Foundation Congratulates Rangers' Voice Eric Nadel

Eric NadelJust weeks after his appearance as a celebrity roaster at the BBYF Lifetime Achievement Award Gala, longtime Texas Rangers' radio voice Eric Nadel (pictured right at podium) earned the highest achievement for a baseball announcer: the Ford C. Frick Award.  Nadel will be honored in July at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation would like to extend its congratulations to Eric for this incredible achievement. The BBYF would also like to thank him for his 35 years (and counting) of describing the great game of baseball to fans in Texas and for his commitment to community involvement in the Dallas area.

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