Brad Lidge and Ty Cobb’s grandson, Herschel Cobb, will appear at the Rocky Mountain SABR banquet on Saturday night

Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge reacts after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Brad Lidge reacts after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Former Major League star closer Brad Lidge, a part of some of the biggest moments in Phillies and Astros recent history, will be the keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) annual banquet on Saturday night at the Denver Athletic Club at 1325 Glenarm Place in Denver. The event starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7.

Lidge, who last pitched in the Majors with the Nationals in 2012, was a high school star at Cherry Creek in Glenwood Village, Colo., and played collegiately at Notre Dame before being selected in the first round of the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Lidge was the Astros’ closer during their National League Championship Series run in 2004 and the franchise’s lone World Series trip in 2005, and was a key member of the Phillies’ bullpen during their postseason run 2008-11 – which included a World Series title in 2008.

Herschel Cobb, author of the book, “Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb,” (ECW Press) will be the featured speaker. Herschel Cobb’s book recalls Ty Cobb as being a loving grandfather who opened up to his grandchildren about his successes and failures – a different picture from the one provided by the late Al Stump, Cobb’s biographer.

Also attending will be Dr. Leslie Heaphy, a noted baseball historian who is an associate professor at Kent State University at Stark and a member of the SABR National Board of Directors, will discuss the national SABR chapter. Heaphy publishes in the areas of Negro Leagues and women’s baseball, is the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, and is working on a book on the women’s baseball team of the 1990s, the Colorado Silver Bullets.

The SABR John Zajc Award will go to Nick Wilson, who has written four books and is a longtime member and official in the Rocky Mountain chapter. The Rockies Lifetime Achievement award will go to Pat Daugherty, who retired as the Rockies special assistant to baseball operations this year after 42 years in baseball.

Information about the event, such as the $60 charge for attending and the silent auction of baseball memorabilia, can be obtained at through the Rocky Mountain SABR Web site.

— Thomas Harding

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