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Vermont Flood Victims Get Help from Major League Baseball

By By Vickie Frantz, staff writer
October 24, 2011, 5:49:41 AM EDT

Brothers Sam Lincoln and Buster Olney, residents of Vermont, set up an auction of baseball memorabilia and other events to raise funds for Vermont farmers affected by floods from Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28, 2011.

"Irene dumped between 3 to 7 inches of rain on the low-lying areas of Vermont," said Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. Montpelier reported 4.48 inches of rain, and Burlington reported 3.38 on Aug. 28.

The fundraising effort is called Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers. Farms were hit particularly hard according to the Going to Bat press release.

There is an online auction for autographed baseballs, bats, batting helmets, jerseys, photos, and a cereal box. In addition to the sports items that are up for auction, there are also baseball game tickets for 2012, trips, tours and autographed magazines. The bidding for items is scheduled to end on Nov. 13. New items are being donated daily.

Items to be auctioned have been donated by the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Saint Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers,Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals.

County singer Toby Keith has donated tickets and an autographed guitar. ESPN and Fox Sports donated autographed magazines, and a trip to Disneyland is also up for auction.

Other items being auctioned include a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a tour of Fenway Park. Two local Vermont businesses, Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort and Liberty Hill Farm, have donated overnight stays.

As of Sunday morning, the most expensive auction item, a day with a baseball agent at Fenway Park, has a bid of $1001. A jersey autographed by Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals has a bid of $751. The least expensive item up for bid is an autographed picture of Red Sox player Brandon Moss for $10.


The brothers have also set up a baseball roundtable event to be held on Nov. 12, 2011. The event will host Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, Brian Cashman, Yankees general manager, Neal Huntington, Pirates general manager, and baseball reporter Peter Gammons. Audience members will be able to ask questions at the event. Tickets have been on sale since Oct. 12 at The prices are $250 for VIP tickets (seats closest to the stage), $50 for Premium tickets (seats on the floor behind the VIP seats) and $20.00 for general admission seats in the bleachers.

Donation are also being accepted on the website.

To donate, bid on items, or purchase tickets visit

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