Red Sox pitcher, pro baseball scout speak at Hadassah program

Hadassah Associates will hold an evening of sports talk, featuring personal insights from spring training, draft day and professional baseball’s dugouts and bullpens. Special guest Marty Maier, lifetime pro baseball scout and clubhouse insider, will be joined by Matt Kramer, pitcher with the Red Sox organization, for the program at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Wolf Public House, 15480 Clayton Road in Ballwin.

Maier will discuss his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds. Kramer will speak about his path to professional baseball-through his youth, college ball and journey to the minors-sharing stories from the locker rooms and benches of both the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox organizations. The discussion will be moderated by Jewish Light Publisher/CEO and baseball aficionado Larry Levin.

Maier is currently the Special Assistant to General Manager Walt Jocketty of the Reds. Formerly, Maier was the Cardinals Scouting Director and Royals’ National Supervisor. A holder of five World Series rings, Maier’s finds and signs include Matt Morris, Dan Haren, Placido Polanco, Brad Looper and Vince Coleman. He has worked with three Cardinal managers: Whitey Herzog, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa.

Kramer is currently a minor league pitcher with the Red Sox organization, a change from his lifetime position of catcher. Prior to that, he played three seasons as a minor league catcher with the Braves organization following a successful college career with the Harvard Crimson, which included the Ivy League Championship in 2005.

The adult cost of $36 includes a buffet dinner and an $18 tax-deductible donation to Hadassah. One youth under the age of 18 may attend with each adult at a reduced cost of $18. RSVPs are required by Dec. 1 to Hadassah at 314-991-0434.

Proceeds from the event benefit Hadassah’s work in medical research, treatment, social services, education, youth continuity and the environment.