The 71st annual Old Timers Banquet
date to be announced
Contact Mike Turk at 815-592-3132
for ticket and table information.
Thank you to Mark Carlson! 2019's Guest Speaker
Here is a little information on Mark Carlson from MLB.com
Mark joined the Major League staff in 1999. He has worked the 2003 and 2017 All-Star Games; the 2017 NL Wild Card Game; the 2007 and 2015 National League Division Series; the 2011 and 2012 American League Division Series; the 2013, 2014 National League Championship Series; the 2017 American League Championship Series; and the 2015 World Series. He has also worked the 2014 Opening Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia. Mark called balls and strikes for Jered Weaver's no-hitter on May 2, 2012 vs. the Twins. Mark Carlson attended the Brinkman-Froemming Umpire School (1993), umpired in the Pioneer League (1993), Midwest League (1994), Florida State League (1995), Southern League (1996-97), International League (1998-99) and the Arizona Fall League (1998).
Mark was born in Joliet Illinois. Mark is married to Marie and has two daughters. Mark graduated from Joliet West High School and attended Parkland College in Illinois, where he was a catcher on the baseball team. He was inducted to the Parkland College Hall of Fame in February 2016. Mark proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. His hobbies include racquetball, hunting and running - Mark competed in a Tough Mudder competition in 2012, featuring a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Mark works with charitable organizations such as Wish Upon A Star in the off-season he also does work on behalf of Umps Care charities.
Mark's first Major League assignment was an Inter-league series between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.