Union County Baseball Hall of Fame Gains Four New Members

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UNION COUNTY—The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14. The four men will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County.

Frank Araneo of Union, Richie Burke of Elizabeth, Bob Hoffer of Linden, and Don Zsak of Scotch Plains will be honored at the 74th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner which begins at 1 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, Mountainside. The special guest speaker at this year’s awards dinner will be Dale Berra, the former infielder for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros, and son of Yankee great Yogi Berra.

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In addition to the new Hall of Fame inductees, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner also will honor young athletes from local baseball leagues for their achievements in 2009.

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 74th Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner on Feb. 14 are available for $40 and may be obtained by calling 1-908-789-3686.


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