ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and the Wives Club will hold a special fund-raiser during the Sept. 28 game against the Angels, with part of the proceeds going to the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund. Lane was a baseball player from Australia who attended East Central (Okla.) University and was killed in August.
The fund was originally established by friends and the Essendon Baseball Club out of Australia to be used to repatriate Christopher, along with the associated travel and funeral costs. More than $150,000 was raised originally, and the family will create an ongoing legacy using those funds and funds raised through this sale along with any other future donations.
During the fund-raiser, fans will be able to purchase grab bags that will contain autographed baseballs, game-used bats, and jerseys from current and former Rangers. The grab bags will be priced at $50, $100, or $200.
In addition, a silent auction will be held for autographed jerseys of Australian-born pitchers Travis Blackley of the Rangers and Grant Balfour of the Athletics. The sale will take place from 4:30-8:30 p.m. CT or while the items last at the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation kiosk, which is located on the third-base concourse near section 13 and the escalators. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.