Former Major League Baseball player Jim Maloney will speak at this year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 2, hosted by the Madera Chamber of Commerce and Madera Ministerial Association.
Special guest Mayor Robert Poythress will share the podium for a brief message at the event, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer at Hatfield Hall in the Madera District Fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m.
The breakfast is held annually on the first Thursday in May, joining 40,000 other National Day of Prayer observances. The community is invited for a time of inspiration, fellowship, prayer, and entertainment.
Keynote speaker Maloney was born and raised in Fresno and played for 12 years in the major leagues, including 10 for the Cincinnati Reds from 1960-70. Sporting a blazing 99.5 mph fastball, Maloney went down in history as one of the greatest pitchers ever to wear a Reds uniform. He pitched in the World Series against the New York Yankees in 1961 and in the 1965 All-Star Game in Minneapolis...