UNION COUNTY — The Union County Baseball Association will induct three new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10. The three inductees will be honored for their outstanding contributions to our national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County.
Bill Dolan of Rahway, Jim Riccitelli of Roselle Park, and George Virgilio of Elizabeth will be honored with induction into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the 77th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner on Feb. 10, 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.
“We’re delighted to welcome three extremely deserving new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We hope that family members and friends of all the honorees will enjoy the Sunday afternoon ceremonies and support youth baseball in Union County.”
Marty Appel, the long-time Yankees director of Public Relations and author of “Pinstripe Empire” – the definitive history of the New York Yankees – will be the special guest speaker.
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 2012.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 each. Proceeds will help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League.
Since 1937, the 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 77th Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner on Feb. 10 are available by mail for $40 from the Union County Baseball Association, Box 176, Fanwood, NJ 07023 or by visiting www.ucba-nj.org. For more information, call Jim Iozzi at 1-908-917-2523.
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