AutoZone Liberty Bowl to Honor
Tim McCarver
with Distinguished Citizen Award

Event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Former St. Louis Cardinals star and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver will be the guest of honor and will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Citizen Award on June 25.
McCarver, who was born in Memphis and attended CBHS, will be here to receive the award on Sunday, June 25 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 pm. A live auction and silent auction will also be held during the evening, with 100% of all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 23rd Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic will be held the following day, Monday, June 26 at Ridgeway Country Club.
“Tim joins a long list of great Americans who have distinguished themselves and reached the pinnacle of their chosen field,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “We are proud to include Tim among the luminaries who have been honored by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl during our long history.”
About Tim McCarver:

  • Star baseball and football player at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis

  • Made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals at age 17 in 1959

  • Had a 21-year MLB career that spanned four decades (1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s), including 12 with the Cardinals

  • Played for St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston and Montreal

  • Starred in three World Series with St. Louis (1964, 1967, 1968), winning championships in 1964 and 1967.

  • Two-time All-Star (1966, 1967)

  • Is the only MLB analyst to work for all four major broadcast networks - NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX

  • Provided analysis for a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games

  • In 2012 was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster (Ford C. Frick Award)

  • Recipient of multiple national Emmy Awards as “Best Sportscaster/Analyst”

  • Four-time best-selling author with “Diamond Gems,” “Oh, Baby, I Love it,” “Baseball for Brain Surgeons” and, “The Perfect Season.”

  • 2017 marks his 4th season of broadcasting with Fox Sports Midwest as an analyst on select St. Louis Cardinals telecasts.

About the Distinguished Citizen Award:
As the 7th oldest bowl game in America, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded on the principles of freedom, patriotism, and liberty. One of the Bowl’s time-honored traditions is the annual presentation of the Distinguished Citizen Award. The award has been presented to a cross-section of prominent Americans from a wide range of professions, including military commanders, governors, and congressmen, as well as leaders in business, medicine, education, entertainment, and sports.
Previous honorees include among others St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas; U.S. Army General Kenneth Tovo; Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Peter Doherty; FedEx founder Fred Smith; musical legend Elvis Presley; AutoZone founder Pitt Hyde; U.S. Navy Admiral William Lawrence and Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. McCarver joins other Distinguished Citizen Award recipients from the world of sports, including Paul “Bear” Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Darrell Waltrip, Dick Vitale and Archie Manning.
Individual seats for the dinner may be purchased for $75 or a table of ten (10) seats may be purchased for $750. The dinner includes buffet dinner, cocktails, and wine. To reserve a table or individual seat, please call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
2016 Zinn Volunteer of the Year

AZLB Volunteer of the Year Bob Patterson

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is proud to honor Bob Patterson with the 2016 Zinn Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond in their service and volunteerism on behalf of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Patterson is a long-time volunteer, board member and community supporter of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The award is named in honor of Harry Zinn, a very dedicated volunteer when the Bowl moved to Memphis 54 years ago. 

Patterson received the award at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s spring kick-off event on April 13 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.

Patterson’s involvement in football stretches back more than 50 years, as a player, coach, and administrator. Patterson grew up in New Jersey, starring in every sport at Penns Grove High School, earning 13 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. In 1950, he received the William J. Miles Award for being the Outstanding High School Athlete and received a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. At UT he was a part of a National Champion and SEC Champion team.

After two seasons at UT, Patterson transferred to the University of Memphis where he lettered in football his final two years. In 1953, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Memphis Tigers.

In 1954, he was first-team Associated Press Little All-American and Honorable Mention All-American. Upon graduation, Patterson served in the military and played for the Elgin Air Force Base team, where he was named “All Air Force” and “All Service”. Patterson enjoyed a long coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, University of Memphis, Texas Tech and 13 years at Vanderbilt University.

In 1981, he was named Athletics Director at the University of Memphis. He later coached the defensive line and was a player personnel executive with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL before retiring from coaching in 1986. Patterson has continued his involvement with football with part-time pro scouting stints for the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Patterson’s many honors include Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Penns Grove Athletic Hall of Fame, All-Time Tiger Team of the University of Memphis, M Club Hall of Fame, All-American Football Foundation, All-American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished American Award from the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Memphis Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Leigh Shockey Named President of the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Leigh Shockey, Chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Company, has been elected President of the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association. Shockey is a longtime board member of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association.

“One of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s key missions is to showcase Memphis to the rest of the world through the various year-round community events conducted by the Association,” said Shockey. “I’m proud to serve as President this year, as our events shine a positive light on Memphis and create community pride for local citizens. In addition, we will continue to share the life-saving message of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through our events during the year.”
“Leigh has been a strong supporter and advocate of the Bowl and all our activities for many years. We’re excited about the energy, enthusiasm and dedication Leigh brings to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

In addition to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Shockey is also involved with several other local community organizations including: University of Memphis Board of Visitors, Tennessee Board of Regents, Greater Memphis Chamber (Chairman), Memphis in May International Festival and Rock N’ Soul Museum.

Leigh holds a Bachelors of Science degree in International Business from the University of Tennessee – Martin and was appointed Honorary Consul to Canada in 2014.

In addition to Shockey, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association also elected these officers for 2017:

Scott Barber                                           Chairman
Bill Kinkade                                            Vice President
Bill Giles                                                 Secretary
Chris Moore                                            Treasurer

To purchase tickets to the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, call (901) 795-7700 or CLICK HERE.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Lands Saturday Date 
During Holiday Weekend for 59th Annual Game
ABC Television To Air Game


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The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has secured a coveted Saturday date for the 2017 bowl game. The 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be played Saturday, December 30 at 11:30 a.m. CST/12:30 p.m. EST.

The 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl game will be televised on ABC and broadcast on ESPN Radio.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase two great universities, the Memphis community and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, December 30th,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “The Saturday date will be a great opportunity for fans to make the trip to Memphis for an exciting New Year’s weekend and a great bowl experience. We’re proud to have the AutoZone Liberty Bowl televised on ABC to its huge national audience and build on the Bowl’s tradition as one of college football’s most prominent and most-viewed bowl games.”

As the 7th oldest bowl game, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has had a long and storied historical partnership with ABC. ABC first telecast the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over 50 years ago in 1964.

The ABC telecast of the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be seen in Memphis and the Mid-South on WATN-TV/Local 24. The ESPN Radio broadcast will be carried locally on 92.9 FM ESPN.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has an action-packed, fun-filled week of events planned leading up to the game beginning with the Bass Pro Shops Team Welcome Party on December 26th. The schedule of events will also include the Pro Rodeo, Players and Coaches Luncheon, Beale Street Parade and Pep Rally, President’s Gala and Pre-Game Buffet.

Tickets to the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl are on sale now. For game and event ticket information, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or visit Also, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram .

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