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Ogden Raptors host ‘The Sandlot’ night, ‘Squints’ meet-and-greet; Whoopie Girls return

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Aug 4, 2023

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Actor Chauncey Leopardi is seen at an event celebrating "The Sandlot" on Sept. 1, 2013, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Ogden Raptors are hosting several events Monday, Aug. 7, to celebrate 30 years of Raptors baseball and of the classic movie “The Sandlot.”

The guest of honor is actor Chauncey Leopardi, who played Michael “Squints” Palledorous in the 1993 film.

First, the team will host a meet-and-greet with Leopardi at 3 p.m. at the Lorin Farr Pool. That’s where the pool scene in “The Sandlot” was filmed when Leopardi’s character faked his drowning to kiss the lifeguard.

Then at 6:30 p.m., the Raptors host the Rocky Mountian Vibes at Lindquist Field. Leopardi will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. The Raptors will also wear special, one-time-use “The Sandlot” themed uniforms that will be auctioned during the game.

After the game, it’s the team’s Movie Monday where fans can bring a blanket and stay after to watch a movie on the video board from the outfield grass. Monday’s selection is, of course, “The Sandlot.”


For the second year, the Raptors are hosting a women’s baseball game at Lindquist Field. Last year’s games were inspired by the film “A League of Their Own.”

This year, the Ogden Whoopie Girls have a home-and-home series with the Idaho Falls Spud Queens, managed by Billy Butler.

The second game of the series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Admission is $10. Like last year, the game will raise money for Weber Human Services and the state of Utah’s Live On suicide prevention program.

Ogden won the first game of the series on July 29 in Idaho Falls when the Whoopie Girls defeated the Spud Queens 15-8.

Marissa Bowman hit a homer, a triple and was 4 for 5 to lead Ogden in that game. Kelsee Bishop batted 2 for 4 and scored four runs. Krista Jensen hit 3 for 4.


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