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The Oklahoma City 89ers are back in town for "Throwback Thursday" at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Dodgers are closing out their 2017 home slate in style by donning retro 89ers jerseys and hats tomorrow night to commemorate “Throwback Thursday” at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Dodgers wrap up their regular season home schedule at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against the New Orleans Baby Cakes at the Brick.

Dodgers players and coaches will wear special 89ers jerseys and hats throughout the night, and their game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off via a silent auction to benefit the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation.

 The final regular-season home game of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark’s 20th season also falls on a $2 Thursday, featuring $2 soda, water, and beer from a line of Budweiser and Pepsi products. Fireworks will follow the game, presented by Francis Tuttle.

 The Oklahoma City 89ers played at All Sports Stadium, formerly located at the state fairgrounds, from 1962-1997. The 89ers won two Pacific Coast League titles in 1963 and 1965 and two American Association titles in 1992 and 1996 before the franchise located in the Brick in 1998 and became known as the RedHawks, and now as the Dodgers. The 89ers nickname was the second longest in Oklahoma City baseball history. Oklahoma City was referred to as the Indians from 1911 to 1959. For three years (1943-45) during World War II, Oklahoma City did not field a team.

Fans can purchase the retro 89ers merchandise, which will be available in the OKC Dodgers Team Store, including a limited number of the same 89ers hats the team will wear on the field. Oklahoma City 89ers T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

A special group ticket package is available for the game, with groups of 10 or more receiving a game ticket, $6 in Dodger Dollars and an OKC Dodgers baseball hat for $18.89 per person. The group leader will also receive an 89ers pennant and be entered to win an 89ers jersey.

Thursday is also a Braum’s Friends and Family Night. Fans can purchase a package that includes four game tickets, four Braum’s combo meal vouchers, and four OKC Dodgers hats starting at $44.99.

Dodgers Pitcher Wilmer Font Named To 2017 All-PCL Team

OKC right-handed starting pitcher Wilmer Font has been named to the 2017 All-Pacific Coast League Team, the league announced Monday. Font has emerged as one of the PCL’s top pitchers this season and paces all of Triple-A with a career-high 178 strikeouts.

OKC Dodger, Wilmer Font. (MILB)

Font (10-8) set Oklahoma City’s all-time single-season strikeout record since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998, surpassing Matt Perisho’s 150 strikeouts during the 1999 season. He has also recorded five games with at least 10 strikeouts, tying Oklahoma City’s single-season record set in 2016 by José De León.

The La Guaira, Venezuela product leads the PCL with a 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and .226 opponent average. He ranks tied for first with 25 starts, tied for third with 10 wins and fifth with 134.1 innings pitched. He leads all PCL starting pitchers with 11.95 strikeouts per nine innings.

Font, 27, racked up a team-record 15 strikeouts May 15 against Sacramento at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, marking the most strikeouts in a single game by an Oklahoma City pitcher since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998. He surpassed the previous OKC team record of 14 strikeouts set by Chuck Smith June 23, 1999, in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Memphis. He also put together the highest single-game strikeout total by a PCL pitcher since Sacramento’s Dallas Braden recorded 17 strikeouts Aug. 27, 2007, against Colorado Springs.

Font is the third straight OKC Dodger to be named to the end-of-the season All-PCL Team, following infielder Rob Segedin in 2016 and catcher Austin Barnes in 2015. Font is the 11th Oklahoma City team member to make an end-of-season or postseason PCL All-Star Team since OKC rejoined the league in 1998.

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