Jamie Farr to be honored by Toledo and Mud Hens

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By Brian Trauring |

The man who made Toledo famous on the television program M*A*S*H is home.

Actor Jamie Farr will be honored by his hometown and the Mud Hens. Public activities take place tonight and Saturday. Farr played Max Klinger on the long-running hit television program M*A*S*H. He also was host of the Farr LPGA Classic for nearly three decades.

The M*A*S*H Tribute Night at Fifth Third Field includes Farr’s induction into the Mud Hens Celebrity Hall of Fame prior to the game. Farr will be throwing out the first pitch at approximately 6:30pm. The game begins at 7:05pm at Fifth Third Field. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Corporal Klinger bobble head and tickets remained available at mid-week. After the game, fireworks will light the downtown Toledo night sky.

Saturday morning the celebration continues at Jamie Farr Park at 2140 N. Summit Street. Ten years ago, a plaque honoring Farr was stolen from the park and never recovered. A new plaque will be unveiled and dedicated in his honor. Neighbors and the community are invited to join the dedication ceremony at 11:00am. Speakers will include Farr, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and executives from the Toledo Mud Hens and Tony Packo’s. 13abc’s Diane Larson and Lee Conklin will host the event and Packo’s will provide refreshments. Woodward High School’s band will perform for the event. Neighbors are invited to remain for refreshments after the plaque is unveiled.

Mayor Hicks-Hudson said “Jamie Farr is one of our hometown heroes. We’re so excited about being able to have him here.” She continued that “it’s important to remember that for any young person, it is possible to do whatever their dreams are and Jamie Farr is an example of that.”

The plaque is sponsored by Packo’s, the Mud Hens and 13abc. In addition to his frequent references to Toledo on television, Farr was host of the Jamie Farr LPGA Classic for 28 years, raising millions of dollars for Toledo area children’s charities. The tournament has continued as the Marathon Classic.

Farr says that he is excited about returning to Toledo. “I am so humbled and yet so delighted at this celebration. I look forward to seeing all of my friends, family, fans and fellow Toledoans.”

Far will be Sunday’s Guest on 13abc’s Conklin & Company program at 11:00am.

Farr also returns to Toledo to perform in “Tuesdays with Morrie” at the Stranahan Theater on October 7.