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Bridgeport ready to do the 'Hustle' one more time

When Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, came to Bridgeport earlier this year for a one-game stint as “guest manager,” it produced a near sellout crowd, and a 2-0 victory by the ’Fish over the Lancaster Barnstormers. It was one of the most successful promotions in Bluefish history that left fans clamoring for more.

Pete Rose shown talking things over with Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw, himself a rather accomplished major league hitter.
Pete Rose shown talking things over with Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw, himself a rather accomplished major league hitter.
Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
Pete Rose will bring his vast baseball knowledge back to Bridgeport in a game to honor GM Ken Shepard, who is battling cancer.
Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

Today, the team announced that they will be able to get one more glimpse of the man called “Charlie Hustle.”

Ken Shepard, the affable Bluefish general manager, is battling stage 4 kidney cancer and announced recently that this season with the club will be his last. In his honor, Sun., Sept. 14 will be “Ken Shepard Day” at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. During the game, the ’Fish will be wearing commemorative jerseys that will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Shepard family.

But wait. It gets better.

The Bluefish announced today that Rose will return to Bridgeport on Ken Shepard Day for his second one-game tour of duty as manager of the team this season.

“Pete is very excited to come back to Bridgeport and take the helm once again on this very special day,” says Bluefish Assistant General Manager Jamie Toole. “We encourage everyone to join us as we honor Ken Shepard.”

The Bluefish will be wearing commemorative jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Shepard family. The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs will be making an announcement prior to the game regarding plans to honor Shepard going forward.

Tickets are available by clicking HERE. For further information, visit www.bluefish.com, or follow the team on Facebook or Twitter (@BPTBluefish). Tickets are also available at the box office at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard during business hours, or by calling 203-345-4800 during business hours.