Former Mets Favorite Headlines Hot Stove League Dinner

MOUNTAINSIDE—The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 8. The four inductees will be honored for their outstanding contributions to our national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County.

Anthony Candelino of Elizabeth, Ben Candelino of Elizabeth, Dom Guida of Summit, and Bill Howard of Berkeley Heights will be honored at the 73rd Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner which begins at 1 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, Mountainside. The dinner is sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal.

The special guest speaker at the awards dinner will be Ed Kranepool, the former first baseman for the New York Mets who played more games in a Mets uniform than any other player in the team’s history.

“We’re delighted to have one of the original Mets, Ed Kranepool, as the guest speaker at this year’s Hot Stove League Awards Dinner,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “We hope that family members and friends of all the award recipients will enjoy the Sunday afternoon ceremonies and support youth baseball and the new inductees into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame.”

In addition to the new Hall of Fame inductees, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner also will honor young athletes and local baseball teams for their achievements in 2008.

Tickets for the dinner are $40, with proceeds going to help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League.

Since 1937, the annual Hot Stove League Dinner has been the primary fund-raising effort for the Union County Baseball Association’s summer and fall programs. Over the years, the awards dinner has honored many local and national baseball luminaries – including Phil Rizzuto of Hillside, Don Newcombe of Elizabeth, Joe Collins of Union, Jeff Torborg of Mountainside, Willie Wilson of Summit, Jake Wood of Elizabeth, and Elliott Maddox of Union.

Tickets for the 73rd Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner may be obtained by calling (908) 789-3686.

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