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2022 Winter Invitational

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

Insperity Club at Minute Maid Park

Houston, Texas 


UCM alumnus and Astros owner Jim Crane, '76, invites you to Minute Maid Park in Houston for the 2022 Winter Invitational. Join fellow alumni and UCM President Roger Best at the Insperity Club at 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, for free lunch and a cash bar before the Mules take the field!


While the reception is free, guests must have a game-day ticket to access the stadium. A link to purchase will be posted here as soon as it's available. 




Crane Stadium Groundbreaking


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 in 2020 contributed $1.5 million toward a new 2,500-square-foot concrete and steel locker room and players lounge facility, new restrooms, a new entry plaza and upgrades to seating. The Crane Stadium expansion project was completed in 2021.


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