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TV spotlight to shine on Suns

August 11, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Kurt Landes brought baseball legend Willie Mays to Hagerstown on Monday for all of the area to see.

This morning, ESPN2 is putting Landes on national television for everyone to see.

The general manager of the Hagerstown Suns will appear on "Cold Pizza," ESPN2's two-hour, weekday-morning show, sometime between 7:05 and 7:20 a.m., to discuss Mays' return to the city where he made his debut with the New York Giants organization more than a half-century ago.

The show airs live from New York from 7 to 9 a.m. and encores from 9 to 11 a.m.

Through a satellite link provided by NBC-25, Landes will be interviewed live from Municipal Stadium in Hagers-town.

"They contacted me this afternoon. They're very excited," Landes said Tuesday evening. "They thought the event was very newsworthy. The story appeared in numerous national articles today."

Mays dealt with racism and segregation when the Trenton Giants were in Hagerstown to play the Braves in June 1950.

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Monday, the Hall of Famer received nothing but loud praise and applause while making appearances at a special reception at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Antietam Creek and a pregame ceremony at Municipal Stadium.

"We apologized to Willie Mays and showed him what we're about," Landes said. "He had a lot of positive things to say about Hagerstown. When I talked to him afterwards, he was just so taken back by how warm and positive his reception was."

That's what Landes plans to say on TV.

"The tone of the interview should be positive," he said. "I'm anticipating questions about what his comments and thoughts were about returning here and about how Hagerstown has improved.

"It's a nice accomplishment for Hagerstown and for the Suns to be highlighted on a national show like this," he said.

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