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Student Athletes Will Be Honored on Feb. 10
at Union County Hot Stove League Dinner
Guest Speaker: Former Mets Pitcher Jack Fisher

The Union County Baseball Association will honor local student athletes for their accomplishments during 2007 and will induct five new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday, February 10. The 72nd Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner begins at 1:00 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, in 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.

Among the student athletes who will receive major honors are Andrew Ciencin of Cranford, Jennifer Jimenez of Linden, Cyndil Matthew of Westfield, and Frank Meade of Linden. Athletes receiving awards for achievements in the Union County Summer Youth League will include Marcella Cianfano of Elizabeth, Kenneth Moss of Union, Bobby Dillon of Linden, Fernando Guerrero of Elizabeth, Samir Torres of Roselle, and Peter McTernan of Union.

The five new inductees into the Union County Hall of Fame – Pete Artega of Clark, Don Kern of Cranford, Joe Mahan of Elizabeth, Ed Raczynski of Elizabeth, and Steve “Birdie” Tebbetts of Westfield – 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 Jack Fisher, the former pitcher who started the very first game at Shea Stadium for the New York Mets in 1964.

“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,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Al Mirabella.

In addition to the exceptional student athletes and the new Hall of Fame inductees, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner also will honor local teams for their achievements in 2007.

Tickets for the dinner are $35.00, 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 72nd Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner on Feb. 10th are available for $35 and may be obtained by calling (908) 527-4910.