Greg Peterson, local baseball historian and videographer, will present a film clip he has created about Hugh Bedient at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame-sponsored Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet, scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.
The banquet will honor Bedient, a Falconer native, who as a rookie pitcher for the 1912 Boston Red Sox compiled a sterling 20-9 record while leading his team to the World Series title. In the World Series, Bedient was magnificent, pitching 18 innings in four games with an 0.50 earned run average.
Peterson, a partner attorney at Phillips-Lytle and founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center, is well known for his knowledge of local baseball history and has an extensive collection of related memorabilia and research materials. He was the driving force behind the David Mule book ''Across the Seams'' that chronicles the history of baseball in the Jamestown region.
A 2012 inductee of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Peterson is also rarely seen without his video camera. He has interviewed countless personalities and events. His videos are aired regularly on Time Warner Cable channel 19.
The Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will closely replicate a similar banquet that was held 100 years ago. Bedient was welcomed back to his hometown with a parade witnessed by over 25,000 proud Chautauqua County residents and was feted with a reception and banquet on Oct. 22, 1912. The event was held at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Main Street in Falconer.
The featured speaker at the Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will be Dick Berardino, a player development consultant for the Boston Red Sox. Berardino was a coach for the Jamestown Falcons when it was a Red Sox affiliate in 1968-70. Dick, a renowned speaker and storyteller, has been an integral part of the Boston Red Sox organization for 45 years.
A highlight of the Hugh Bedient Centennial Banquet will be the presentation of the Society for American Baseball Research 1912 American League Rookie of the Year Award to Bedient's grandchildren.
Dinner will be provided by Vicki McGraw of Elegant Edibles Catering who is planning a similar menu to that of the original 1912 banquet.
A cocktail hour hosted by the Hugh Bedient Celebration Committee will begin at 6 p.m., with the banquet to follow at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the banquet are $30 and are available by calling Russell E. Diethrick Jr., at 665-2265, Sam Ognibene at 450-0663, or Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame president Randy Anderson at 640-6219.