Mets hero Keith Hernandez to speak at Drew, Nov. 14

Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez


From Drew University:

On Deck at Drew University: Keith Hernandez

Mets star and broadcaster to speak Nov. 14

Keith Hernandez, a star on the New York Mets’ last championship team and broadcaster for SNY, will talk baseball at Drew University on Tuesday.

As a guest of Drew Forum’s In the Game speaker series, Hernandez, who’s also writing an autobiography that’s due out next year, will be interviewed by former New York Times sports columnist Ira Berkow.

The event, which is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, will take place Nov. 14, 2017, at The Concert Hall inside the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. The start time is 8 p.m. and tickets are available here.

Hernandez, a leader on the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s and early 1980s, was instrumental in the rebirth of the New York Mets in the ’80s, culminating in the team’s last championship, in 1986.

One of best first-basemen ever, Hernandez won a record 11 consecutive Gold Gloves for fielding, made five all-star teams and compiled a lifetime batting average of .296 in 17 seasons.

In 1979, he led the National League in batting average (.344) and doubles (48), earning him co-MVP honors for the league. And beyond the Mets, he won a championship with the Cardinals, in 1982.

A thinking man’s player, Hernandez was as adept at pouncing on bunts to get the lead runner as cracking a New York Times crossword puzzle. He’s also a student of history, particularly the Civil War, having read countless books on the subject and visited battle sites. In addition, he starred in one of the most memorable episodes of Seinfeld ever: “The Boyfriend.”

Today, Hernandez is a broadcaster for SNY, providing commentary on Mets games. This fall, he joined Fox Sports as a studio analyst for postseason playoff games. And in the spring, Little Brown & Co. is expected to publish his autobiography: I’m Keith Hernandez.

About Drew University

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 145 full-time faculty members, with 94 percent holding the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, six semesters in New York City (Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship and Theatre) and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center for Civic Engagement, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

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