May 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In an effort to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease, the Florida State baseball team hosted ALS Awareness Night at the ball park back on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Following a successful week of biding on the game worn jerseys, four more items are being auctioned off on line at Seminoles.com in support of ALS. Those items include a signed baseball by former Seminole National Player of the Year Buster Posey, a signed baseball bat by members of the Philadelphia Phillies (#26 Chase Utley, #8 Shane Victorino, #16 JC Romero, #23 Brian Schneider, #19 Greg Dobbs, #37 Chad Durbin, #46 Ryan Madson, #3 Ross Gload), a base from the ALS Awareness Game signed by the current players and coaches of the Florida State Baseball team and the official line-up card filled out by head coach Mike Martin used the night of the ALS Awareness Game. The line-up card has been signed by both Mike Martin and Jimmy Everett.
The auction for these four items will end at various times in the afternoon on Thursday, May 6.
Proceeds from the online auction will go to ALS Research and the ALS Association, Florida Chapter.
To access the online auction on Seminoles.com, fans can click on the link below or go to Seminoles.com, click the Shop Here tab, select online auctions and then choose baseball on the browse by category section to place a bid today.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, was first described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future. At the present time there is no cause or cure for ALS.
Lou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
For more information on ALS, please check out the Florida Association website at www.alsafl.org. For more information regarding the ALS Awareness Game at Dick Howser Stadium stay tuned to Seminoles.com