Updated – auction info added!
Head coach Daron Schoenrock and the University of Memphis baseball program are proud to announce that best-selling novelist John Grisham, whose nephew, Ben, is a member of the Tiger baseball team, will be the featured speaker at the 2007 Meet the Tigers Banquet at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, located at 3700 Central Avenue, on Feb. 16 — just four days before the Tigers are scheduled to open the 2007 slate at Ole Miss, who has been ranked as high as 11th in the Rivals.com preseason baseball poll. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the University of Memphis Bullpen Club, an address from Grisham will highlight an evening that will include dinner, preseason comments from Schoenrock and an introduction of the 2007 Tiger roster.
Grisham will discuss his newest release and first piece of non-fiction literature — The Innocent Man — as well as his greatest passion, the game of baseball.
In addition, Grisham will auction off, as a single item, a collection of autographed copies of each book he has written. And in a separate bid, Grisham will include the highest bidder’s name in his next book. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tiger baseball program.
“It is a tremendous honor to our program for John (Grisham) to take time out of his busy schedule to spend an evening with us,” said Schoenrock. “This will be a special night for Tiger Baseball.”
A native of Southaven, Miss., Grisham has written 18 best-selling novels since 1988, nine of which have been turned into films. Grisham showed his love for baseball in his 2001 novel A Painted House and also wrote the original screenplay for and produced the baseball movie Mickey. In addition, he has actively supported Little League in Oxford, Miss., and Charlottesville, Va.