The Fourth Annual Night with a Legend will feature Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer George Foster. The annual fundraiser, to support the efforts of the Franklin County High School Baseball program, treats attendees to appetizers, dinner and a presentation by Foster at Third Place, 734 Main Street in Brookville, on Saturday, December 14.

Foster, a renowned hitter for the Big Red Machine, was born in Alabama and graduated high school in California. He attended one year of college before being drafted into the San Francisco Giants' farm league, where he played two years before taking the field on the Giants' Major League Baseball team in 1969. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1971 where he would meet the teammates that would become one of the most dominate forces of 1970's baseball.

In 1975, Foster hit a .300 batting average with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs. The rest of the team carried their weight as well, bringing in 108 regular season wins before sweeping the Pittsburg Pirates for the National League Championship. Winning the World Series against the Boston Red Sox proved more difficult, but the Reds persevered and finally sealed the championship in game seven.

Foster offered a .308 batting average with 29 home runs and 121 RBIs to the Big Red Machine in 1976, batting .429 in the World Series against the New York Yankees. While the Reds did not reach the World Series in 1977, Foster continued to excel. He hit 50 home runs, for the first time since Willie Mays' 1965 season, and a league leading 149 RBIs; good enough to be named the National League MVP.

After the 1979 season, the Big Red Machine dwindled, as the team lost some of its top players. Foster was traded to the New York Mets in 1982, in exchange for two pitchers and a catcher. He played for the Mets until he was picked up by the Chicago White Sox in 1986, where he played out his final season.

His career as a leading hitter through the 1970's earned him an induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2003. 

Doors for the event open at 6 p.m., all attendees must be 21 or older. Patrons can check out the silent auction and basket raffle before dinner is served at 7 p.m. Foster will speak at 8 p.m.

The event will raise money to purchase equipment for the Franklin County High School Baseball team, replacing outdated equipment, some of which has been in use since the county's high schools merged in 1989. Event organizer Kirschell Lovins asks for the support of the community to help make sure the team is properly outfitted for their upcoming season. Apart from the annual breakfast in May, the Night with a Legend is their only major fundraiser for the program.

Tickets are still available for $50 and can be purchased from Lovins, who can be contacted at 765-265-8734 or kajlovins@msn.com.