JUPITER, FL— The 2014 Dick Howser High School All Star team was announced last week. This year’s game will take place at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday, June 7th at 1:00pm preceding the Palm Beach Cardinals vs. Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League game. In keeping with the tradition of the annual game, the coaches of the area high schools selected the two teams. Each Palm Beach County high school head coach had the opportunity to nominate as many seniors from his team as he wished. Coaches then got together to vote on the make up of the teams with coaches not being able to vote for players from their own team.
This is the 27th year of the event and the 14th year at Roger Dean Stadium. Players from the North squad will be outfitted in Jupiter Hammerheads uniforms and hats while the South squad will be wearing Palm Beach Cardinals uniforms and hats. College and professional scouts are expected for the event. Players are set up in one of the stadium’s locker rooms, with the players names above their locker, and clubhouse attendants handling the players pre-game and post-game needs.
The Roger Dean Stadium Advisory Board puts on the event. Chairman for the eleventh consecutive year is local attorney Bill Pruitt. “Whether this is the last time they will ever put on a uniform or are headed for college or professional careers, playing with a big league uniform on their back in this All Star game is a great experience. The kids are given the same treatment that the big league players get during spring training. Playing on a big league field, in a big league uniform—it’s a great way to end a high school career,” said Pruitt.
“Roger Dean Stadium is proud to host this annual event, what better way to promote baseball than a grassroots all star game such as this. The Cardinals and Marlins are very proud to be associated with the Dick Howser game as well, not only because of its namesake, Dick Howser, but as much because it is a local event with local roots and plenty of local history,” said Stadium GM Mike Bauer.
Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. on June 7th. Batting practice and infield will take place before the 1:00 p.m. game. The Palm Beach Cardinals vs. Clearwater Threshers game will follow at 6:35 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium box office for $9.50 and can be used for both games.