Kansas Men's Basketball Head Coach Bill Self to Participate in Major League Baseball All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self will join an elite group of actors, actresses, musicians and past and current professional athletes in the Major League Baseball All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game next month.
The softball game is the second game of a fun doubleheader of activity at Kauffman Stadium on All-Star Sunday. July 8. The game follows the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which starts at 5 p.m. EST. That game features some of MLB’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world.
The softball game will feature star-studded talent from music, television and sports alongside former Kansas City Royals greats and Baseball Hall of Famers. ESPN will televise the game the following night, July 9, at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST, immediately following the State Farm Home Run Derby which begins at 8 p.m. EST. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV and via the WatchESPN app.
“Modern Family” Emmy Award winner and Kansas City native Eric Stonestreet and Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel are scheduled to participate alongside Golden Globe winner and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm; Chord Overstreet from “Glee”; “American Idol” contestant Haley Reinhart; “Desperate Housewives” actor James Denton; captain of the US National Soccer team Carlos Bocanegra; actor and comedian Horatio Sanz; country music artist David Nail; “American Idol” winner, David Cook, who used to work at the Stadium Club in Kauffman Stadium; reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones; Paul Dimeo from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and USA Softball’s Gold Medalist hurler Jennie Finch.
Past MLB stars also are schedule to participate, including former Royals greats George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney plus Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield as well as perennial All-Stars Joe Carter and Mike Piazza.
Following the softball game, the skies above Kauffman Stadium will be lit by a spectacular fireworks show to cap off Taco Bell All-Star Sunday.
For more information, go to www.allstargame.com.
Self is coming off a season in which he led the Jayhawks to the National Championship game and an overall record of 32-7. Self and the Jayhawks also won their eighth-straight Big 12 Championship in 2011-12.