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Bobby’s Designated Hitters Campaign Off to a Great Start
Several donors have already signed up to be one of Bobby’s Designated Hitters for 2010. For a donation of $1,000 a Designated Hitter has the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing significant, affordable support to the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, ensuring that deserving 8th graders will receive the recognition and encouragement they need to excel throughout high school, graduate, and go on to college.

2010 Designated Hitters also receive a commemorative pin, and are invited to a cocktail celebration to be held in April at Del Frisco’s, Fort Worth’s finest steakhouse. For every $10,000 raised through this campaign, an additional scholarship will be awarded to a deserving 8th grade student at the annual BBYF Scholarship Celebration in the name of “Bobby’s Designated Hitters”!

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Jim "The Rookie" Morris honored at BBYF Gala
Jim Morris -- baseball's oldest rookie, who defied all odds to make his major league debut at age 35 and was the subject of the 2002 Disney film "The Rookie" -- was honored at the 2009 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Oct. 30 at the new Omni Fort Worth Hotel. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Morris's big league debut, which occurred in 1999 against the Texas Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington.

View photos from the 2009 Gala
 
Bragan honored by Westside Rotary Club
Bobby Bragan was given the prestigious Paul Harris award at Westside Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Ridglea Country Club. Bragan spoke about his career in baseball and recited "Casey at the Bat" at the club's weekly meeting.

He is pictured with Fort Worth Cats and BBYF president John Dittrich (far left), Senate candidate Roger Williams (left) and Cats' owner Carl Bell (right). Williams, a former TCU baseball player and coach and Texas Secretary of State, introduced Bragan before his remarks.
 
Bragan and friends compile unique collection
Bobby Bragan and Special Olympics volunteer Jim Albright have been hard at work collecting autographed baseballs from every Cy Young award winner. With their collection now complete, the two are looking for someone to purchase the collection with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. Read more in the Star-Telegram.
 
Scholarship Winners Honored by Rangers
This year's scholarship winners and finalists were honored at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 27. The students were introduced from the field just prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers.

Above, the scholarship winners pose for a photo with baseball legend Bobby Bragan. Below, Mascot Rangers Captain horses around with the students before they are introduced to the crowd.
 
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