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Join us in Houston for a Major League Event!

Join UCM President Roger Best for the annual Houston Winter Invitational, hosted by UCM alumnus and Astros owner Jim Crane, '76. Alumni and friends are invited to gather at Minute Maid Park's Insperity Club at 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, for free lunch and a cash bar before the Mules take the field!


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2020 Houston Winter Invitational

12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 (followed by 1:30 game)

Insperity Club at Minute Maid Park

Houston, Texas 




While the reception is free, guests must have a game-day ticket to access the stadium. 


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Jim Crane, UCM Class of '76, has owned the Houston Astros since 2011. A St. Louis native, Crane was a standout pitcher for Mules Baseball in the mid-1970s. He was 21-8 with a 2.42 earned run average and ranks first in career complete games (23) and shutouts (7), and third in career strikeouts (215). He holds the program's single-game strikeout record (18), and in 1997 was inducted into the Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame.


In 1998 Crane was a primary underwriter of a $1.2 million renovation of the Mules Baseball field, now named the James R. Crane/Robert N. Tompkins Field. He funded an upgrade of the field in 2015 with a new synthetic turf playing surface and continues to fund annual enrichment scholarships for UCM students. Please join Crane in supporting Mules Baseball at this major league event! 


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We appreciate your generous support of the Mules Baseball legacy and future through your participation in the 2020 Houston MuleNation Winter Invitational. If you can't make it to the game in February but would like to donate to Mules Baseball, call 660-543-8000, email events@ucmo.edu or give online now.


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