Oakland A’s relief pitcher Jerry Blevins, a northwest Ohio native, will be at the Swanton Elks on Nov. 23 as part of a Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser. Cerebral Palsy is the Ohio Elks Association’s State Major Project, and more than $200,000 is distributed throughout Ohio each and every year to help fight this debilitating disease.
Blevins will be available for pictures and/or autographs from 6-8 p.m.
The public is invited to attend. No fee will be charged for pictures or autographs, but a free will donation to CP will be accepted.
Blevins is the son of Deb and Tim Smith and the grandson of Sue Smith, all from Swanton. He is a graduate of Arcadia High School and attended the University of Dayton on a baseball scholarship.
This past year, Blevins was a left-handed set-up man for the A’s, finishing the season with a 5-0 record in 67 appearances. His ERA was 3.15. In his seven-year career, Blevins is 13-6 in 281 appearances, with an ERA of 3.30. He made his Major League debut on September 16, 2007, pitching a perfect ninth inning versus the Texas Rangers.
Blevins has visited the Swanton Elks on a number of occasions over his career, as his father is a member, and his grandfather, the late Bill Smith, was a charter member of the Lodge, along with being a long-time CP chairman of the Lodge.
A spaghetti dinner will precede Blevins’ visit. It is open to Elks and their guests. Following dinner will be other fundraising activities, according to Tim Churchill, current CP chairman.