Classic 150 to toast Rick Honeycutt on Jan. 21

Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, left, and manager Dave Roberts watch a game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver during the 2016 season. Honeycutt is a Chattanooga native who starred at Lakeview High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., before going on to the University of Tennessee.

The Classic 150 group calls its premier fundraiser each year a "Toast of Champions." This year's guest of honor, former major league pitcher and recently retired Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, may exemplify that label as well as anyone.

The event will take place on Jan. 21 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and will feature, among other guests, former Dodgers pitching great Orel Hershiser, who was the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 1988 and owns the major league record for consecutive scoreless innings with 59.

"We've all followed Rick's career from the time he became an All-American first baseman and pitcher at the University of Tennessee until his current position with the Dodgers," said Classic 150 president Mickey McCamish. "Rick pitched in the MLB for six different teams over 21 years, pitched in 30 postseason games without a loss and was a member of the Oakland Athletics' 1989 World Series championship team. We're proud to honor his career and welcome him back home."

Honeycutt, who starred at Lakeview High School before signing with Tennessee, said of the honor: "Growing up right outside of Chattanooga, baseball played a critical role in my life. The lessons I learned from the game have served me well both on and off the field. I'm honored to be recognized by the Classic 150, and I'm looking forward to spending the evening with family and friends."

Previous honorees for the event include John "Thunder" Thornton, former UTC chancellor Fred and Ruth Obear, the late "Dr. Basketball" Gary Haskew, UTC's Russ Huesman and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

Tickets for the event range from $125 for individuals to $2,500 for a table of eight for platinum sponsorships. To make reservations or obtain additional information, contact Taylor Hurley at Derryberry Public Relations at taylor@derryberrypr.com or by 755-7588.

Contact Mark Wiedmer at mwiedmer@timesfreepress.com.