The Akron Racers usually strive to not let their players get inflated heads over being in the pros. There is just one exception, a set of large Fathead posters purchased at the beginning of the season and positioned throughout the grandstands during select home games.
The posters, featuring the heads of each of the Racers’ 20 players, will be signed and auctioned off on Tuesday, July 30, when the Racers host Travel Ball Tuesday at Firestone Stadium. The auction will begin when the stadium gates open at 6:00 p.m. for the Racers’ 7:05 p.m. game that night against the NY/NJ Comets, and will run until approximately the sixth inning. The minimum bid for the posters will be $15, and the winners of the auction will be given the opportunity to meet and take a picture with the player whose poster they purchased.
In addition to the Fathead auction, the Racers also have a special one-of-a-kind item on the online auction block this week. The Racers received a white Brianna Turang jersey with the number two emblazoned on the back. Turang plays for the Racers with number one on her back, but she wore number two as a member of the Women’s College World Series champion University of Oklahoma Sooners. This one-of-a-kind white jersey, which will be signed by Turang herself, will be available soon with a minimum bid of $30. The jersey auction will run from Friday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. until Friday, July 26 at 1:00 p.m.
The Fathead auction will occur at Firestone Stadium, while Turang’s jersey auction can be found online at akronracers.org by clicking “Shop” followed by “Charity Auctions”. All proceeds from both auctions will benefit Akron Racers Charities.
The Racers play a series in Chicago against the Bandits this weekend before heading to Florida to play the USSSA Pride from July 24-26. The team returns home for a three-game series against the NY/NJ Comets from July 29-31. Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased online at akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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