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Seventh Annual First Pitch Banquet Set for Feb. 2
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/20/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Prior to the start of the 2019 campaign, the Duke baseball programs extends an invitation to its seventh annual First Pitch Banquet set for Saturday, February 2 in the Blue Devil Tower. Twelve-year Major League Baseball veteran and former Blue Devil standout Chris Capuano will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

The hot-stove-style event signifies the start of the college baseball season, giving attendees the opportunity to meet the 2019 Blue Devils and preview the upcoming season. Both individual ($60) and corporate tables ($300) are available for purchase.

Duke baseball alumni and their families are invited to attend free of charge. Alumni can register by emailing the Duke Ticket Office at

2019 First Pitch Banquet Schedule
5:30 pm | Doors open
5:30 – 6:30 pm | Cocktail Reception & Auction
6:30 – 8:30 pm | Dinner & Program

About Chris Capuano
A lefty with deceptive stuff, Chris Capuano twice came back from Tommy John surgery to build a 12-year career in Major League Baseball for six different clubs. Capuano won 77 games with a 4.29 career ERA in the big leagues, including an 18-12 season with Milwaukee in 2005 and an All-Star game appearance in 2006. He posted double-digit victories for the Brewers in 2006, the New York Mets in 2011 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 1999 MLB Draft, Capuano also helped Team USA earn a silver medal at the 2001 World Cup of Baseball. As a Blue Devil, Capuano started 33 games from 1997-99 and still ranks in the top 10 in school history with 251 career strikeouts.