Rangers, sports world pitch in for Do It For Durrett

Rangers, sports world pitch in for Do It For Durrett

ARLINGTON -- The cause is worthy, the venue is great and the music is world-class.

But above all, it will be a great sports memorabilia auction at 7 p.m. Monday night at Billy Bob's Texas. The Do It for Durrett Benefit was set up to raise money for the family of long-time Metroplex journalist Richard Durrett, who passed away at age 38 in June.

This is also an opportunity for sports fans and memorabilia collectors to bid in a live and silent auction for an incredible array of items donated by local pro and college teams as well as other Major League teams across the country.

Collectors can bid on bats from Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera, a young sluggers collection that includes Mike Trout, dinner with Michael Young, Darren Oliver and Jon Daniels, courtside seat with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a white glove tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- airfare and hotel included -- an autographed Ernie Banks jersey and autographed cleats, helmet and jersey from Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Rafael Furcal bat? Art Briles signed helmet? Kliff Kingsbury autographed sun glasses? The auction will have them in as many as 40 lots of memorabilia. There will also be a raffle that will allow the winner to pick any auction item, silent or live. Tickets for the raffle are $50, and only 100 will be sold.

"I've never been part of a sports memorabilia auction but I can't imagine one that has as many great items as this," said Fox Sports Southwest writer Anthony Andro, who helped organize it. "If you're a baseball fan there's something that will appeal to you. If you're a sports fan there's something for you."

Tickets remain for the concert and auction. Tickets in advance are $20, and all tickets at the door are $30.

The night at the World's Largest Honky Tonk will feature five musical guests including Casey Donahew, who will be part of the three All-Stars of Texas Country acts. Those three performers alone have sold out Billy Bob's 15 times. Also performing will be Old 97's front man Rhett Miller, who came up with the idea for the event, as well as Daphne Willis.

The tentative guest list for the night includes a who's who of DFW sports celebrities. Included are all-time Texas Rangers hits leader Michael Young, Rangers left-hander Derek Holland and NHL Hall of Famer Mike Modano, formerly of the Dallas Stars.

The website is www.doitfordurrett.com, and it will be updated frequently with more information and a complete list of live auction items as well as an updated silent auction list. The Twitter address is @doitfordurrett.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.