Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2011

Union County Baseball Association Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Hot Stove League Dinner, Feb. 13; Honorees Include Robert Brewster, Jack Byrnes, Jim Iozzi, Brian Sheekey and Student Athletes

The Union County Baseball Association will induct three new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, February 13. The three inductees will be honored for their outstanding contributions to our national pastime on the baseball diamonds of Union County, New Jersey.

Robert Brewster of Westfield High School, Jack Byrnes of Union Catholic High School and American Legion Baseball, and Brian Sheekey of Roselle Catholic High School will be honored with induction into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the 75th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner on Feb. 13, which begins at 1:00 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 honoree at this year’s awards dinner will be James L. Iozzi of Scotch Plains, the long-time president of the Union County Baseball Association.

“We’re delighted to honor Jim Iozzi for his many years of dedication to the young ballplayers of Union County and to welcome three extremely deserving new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “We hope that family members and friends of all the honorees will enjoy the Sunday afternoon ceremonies and support youth baseball in Union County.”

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 2010.

Tickets for the dinner are $40.00, 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 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 75th Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove League Dinner on Feb. 13th are available for $40 and may be obtained by calling (908) 789-3686.

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