Student Athletes To Be Honored At Hot Stove Dinner

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MOUNTAINSIDE—The Union County Baseball Association will honor local student athletes for their accomplishments during 2009 and will induct four new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 14. The 74th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner begins at 1 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, Mountainside.

Among the student athletes who will receive major honors are Gary Binkiewicz of Scotch Plains, Amanda Kardys of Union, Mike Murray Jr. of Westfield, and Mike Seamon of Rahway.

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The four new inductees into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame – Frank Araneo of Union, Richie Burke of Elizabeth, Bob Hoffer of Linden, and Don Zsak of Scotch Plains – will be honored for their outstanding contributions to our national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County, New Jersey.

The special guest speaker at the awards dinner will be Dale Berra, the former infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Houston Astros, and the son of Yankee great Yogi Berra.

In addition to the new Hall of Fame inductees and student athletes, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner also will honor local baseball teams 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. Tickets are available by calling 1-908-789-3686.


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