Artists and Writers to Crack Bats Saturday

Tom Clohessy and Eddie McCarthy during the 2013 game Durell Godfrey

The weekend is a big one in East Hampton Village, with a visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to BookHampton on Saturday at 5 p.m., but before that, some of the notable artists and writers of the area will take to the Herrick Park diamond for the storied annual benefit softball game.

The Artists and Writers Softball Game activities actually begin a day earlier, with a reception tomorrow at LTV Studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott. At what is billed as a pre-game party, guests will have a chance to meet some of the players, take in the music of Mary Fahl, bid in silent and live auctions, and enjoy food provided by supporting restaurants. Tickets are $50 at the door, which opens at 6 p.m.

Batting practice, to which the public has been invited, begins at noon Saturday on the Herrick Park field, which is behind the main municipal parking lot in East Hampton Village. Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10 per person. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Proceeds go to the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House, the Retreat, and East End Hospice. Details about the charities can be found at

The criteria for who makes an artist or a writer are somewhat fungible. A peek at the lineups for the game showed Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astronomer, director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, and host of the television series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” among the artists. The actor and Hollywood director Ed Burns was among the scribes. Ringers included Jim Leyritz, a former Yankee star. It is worth noting that former President Bill Clinton, who was in town this week, has appeared in previous years.

Art by artists and writers' manuscripts and other materials tied to the big game are on view at Glen Horowitz Bookseller at 87 Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village through Sunday. There will be an opening reception Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Summertime parking rules in East Hampton Village remain in effect during the Artists and Writers Game, which means that the unwary could find themselves with a ticket by the time the late innings are played. A free, longer term lot that is an easy walk to the ball field can be reached from Gingerbread Lane Extension or Lumber Lane.

2014 Artists and Writers Game Lineups

Gregg Bello
Walter Bernard
Russell Blue
Peter Borish
Pete Cestaro
Josh Charles (MVP ’10)
Tommy Clohessy
Jack Dowd
Michael Dougherty
Benjamin Draper
Dennis Duswalt
Eric Ernst
Andrew Foster
Michael Gaston
Matt Ginella
Ed Hollander
Leif Hope
Dennis Lawrence
John Longmire
Eddie McCarthy
Jeffrey Meizlik
Matthew Montemaro
Ron Noy
Jamie Patricof
Jon Patricof
Joel Perlman
Geoff Prisco
William Quigley
Ronnette Riley
Randall Rosenthal
Lori Singer
Stu Sleppin
Joe Sopiak (MVP ’07 & ’08)
Bill Strong
Scott Stuber
Michelle Suna
Demetri Thompson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Domingo Zapata

Ken Auletta
David Baer (MVP ’11)
Carl Bernstein
David Bernstein
Brian Burns
Ed Burns
Bill Collage
Jay DiPietro
Katrina Foster
Rod Gilbert
Mark Green
Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Walter Isaacson
Harry Javer
Keith Kelly
Rick Leventhal
Jim Leyritz
Chris London
Hugo Lindgren
Ann Liguori
Mike Lupica (MVP ’09)
Lee Minetree
Michael Pellman
David Rattiner
Richard Reeves
Michael Safir
Peter Schwartz
Gail Sheehy
Brett Shevack
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Kim Stolz
Tom Verducci
Benito Vila
Mark Weinstein
Paul Winum
Richard Wiese
Stu Zicherman
Mort Zuckerman