Be sure to check out my Inside Baseball column in Sunday's editions as I'll be featuring former Bisons and Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge. After leading the Tribe for seven years -- and getting them within one win of the World Series in 2007 -- Wedge was let go following last season and is spending this year with his wife and two children to recharge his batteries and get ready to look for a new post in 2011.
Wedge's wife, Kate, is an Alden native and they are planning to move from their home in suburban Cleveland and settle in East Aurora. One of their pursuits this summer is a golf tournament to honor Kate's late mother, Carol Kulniszewski, who died last summer of Multiple Myeloma.
The inaugural Carol K Golf Classic will be held June 5 at Rothland Golf Course in Akron. It will feature 18 holes of golf and a silent auction of memorabilia with some items from the likes of Garth Brooks, John Daly, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi and members of the Bills, Sabres and Indians. Non-golfers can take part in a wine tasting tour of six Niagara County wineries. A dinner will follow both events and Wedge will be the guest speaker.
Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1. Individuals are $85 and foursomes are $325. Wine tours are $85. Full information and registration info is available at the event's official Web site, Carolkgolfclassic.com.
Wedge also had a great run with the Bisons in 2001 and 2002, earning back-to-back playoff berths and posting a 91-win campaign in '01 that was the Herd's best since 1936. He's going to be back on a major-league bench in some capacity next season. Be sure to check out his thoughts in Sunday's paper.
(AP File Photo: Wedge meets the media during the 2007 ALCS against Boston)