Benefitting with Bobby Orr

Besides being the greatest hockey player who has ever lived, Bobby Orr has raised millions of dollars for charity over the years. Each charitable function he attended usually had a program that was given out to the guests. This week I’m going to show you one such program.


This program happens to from a dinner benefiting the San Diego Amateur Hockey Association. At the time, The San Diego Gulls and later The San Diego Mariners, were playing in the Western Hockey League.



As you can see from the inside of the program, guests of honor included Orr, teammate Phil Esposito and former teammate Mike Walton. Know surprise there. You would expect hockey players to speak at a hockey banquet, That’s why I’m puzzled as to who the guest speaker for the evening was. None other than actor Whitman Mayo. Now you might be asking yourselves who in the heck is Whitman Mayo. This is Whitman Mayo:


He’s best known for playing Fred G. Sanford’s best friend Grady on Sanford and Son. I can’t even speculate what he talked about.

Finally, let’s take a look at the back cover.


A great picture of Orr turning up the ice completes the program.

I happened to get this program off of Ebay years ago. I’m not sure of what my winning bid was, but I believe it was between $20 – $30.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks Bobby Orr item. As always, I’ll have another piece of Orr memorabilia for you next week. Hope to see you back here.

6 Responses to “Benefitting with Bobby Orr”

  1. The Goog says:

    I guess the speaker is a bit odd, but it was 1974 and Sanford and Son was about midway through it’s run (according to the wiki, I’m not a sanford and son scholar).

  2. Gary says:

    Granted he was funny on the show, but it still seems like a strange combination.

  3. theiceman says:

    Orr till this day does benefits for all sorts of causes…unlike your other hero (Bird). I have the same booklet which was given to me by a huge comic book collector who happens to dabble in Orr too! Too bad Grady isnt around for me to get it signed.

  4. Gary says:

    You’re right about Bird. He’s like Scrooge with his money. Whoever gave you that booklet must be one heck of a guy!

  5. Scifinds says:

    The connection between Orr and Mayo is blatantly obvious to any true fan

  6. Neil Cotton says:

    Our council, Georgetown Hockey Heritage Council, met today. We had a report on this past years Hockey Heritage Dinner (#36). Each year a person from our hockey community gets recognized for volunteer contributions over a long time. It was very successful. We hope to keep it going and be more successful. Money is donated to pay for the mew arenas here in Georgetown, Ontario
    We were wondering if Mr. Orr would be available to speak at next year’s banquet. (early March 2015). What would the financial arrangements be?
    Thank you for your time and looking forward to your reply.

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