York Sports Night celebrates 50 years

Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron and Ted Williams.   All of those Hall of Fame baseball players are celebrities that have been featured at York Sports Night.   50 years after it started, the annual tradition of bringing sports celebrities to York continues.   This year’s anniversary event is held at Heritage Hills Golf and Conference Center.   The guest list is headlined by Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Charley Taylor, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach and William Penn graduate Bruce Arians along with University of Maryland Head Football Coach and Susquehannock graduate Randy Edsall.

The big star of the evening is event organizer George Trout who has been part of York Sports Night since it began half a century ago.    Arians and Edsall attended the event growing up and say sports fans have definitely changed over the years.

“I think they have become more rabid,” explained Arians.  “People have embraced Sports almost to a point where it’s beyond real.  The autographs, memorabilia have taken off.”

“It seems like everyone is an expert now,” Edsall joked.  “Everybody can be a better play caller or call the defense rather than what you can do as a coach.   I think really fans are just so much more passionate.”