Former Major League Baseball pitcher Steve Ratzer will be the featured speaker on Monday, May 13, at the monthly meeting of the Athletic Club of the Lowcountry. The meeting will be held at Bluffton's Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Buckwalter Parkway, across from Publix.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7.
Ratzer's professional baseball career lasted eight years. He was called up to the big leagues in September 1980 with the Montreal Expos along with Tim Raines, Tim Wallach, Terry Francona and Bobby Ramos. Ratzer was traded to the New York Mets in 1982 before ending his career with the Chicago White Sox in 1983.
After signing with the Expos in 1975, he began a successful minor league run. He won the Allie Reynolds Award as the Triple-A Pitcher of the Year while with the Denver Bears, and was the Minor League Fireman of the Year while pitching for the Tidewater Tides.
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Ratzer was named the New York City pitcher of the year in 1971 for John Browne High School in Flushing, and then went on to a successful college career at St John's University. In 1974, he led the NCAA with an 0.81 ERA. Ratzer also represented the United States in the World Amateur Championships that year.
For more information about the meeting or the Athletic Club of the Lowcountry, call 843-540-7159.