Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Vice Chairman Sergio Granados joined Freeholders Linda Carter, Angel G. Estrada, Christopher Hudak and Alexander Mirabella in welcoming New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles, an Elizabeth native, and New York Yankees great Sparky Lyle as the guest speakers at the 80th Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove Awards Dinner in Clark.
The Freeholders also congratulated the five new members inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame: Joe Alvarez of Elizabeth, Ray Crepeau of Linden, Wally Engelhardt of Elizabeth, Bruce Henderson of Rahway, and Damien Kane of Roselle.
Among the young local athletes honored for their achievements are: P.J. Walker and Jahad Thomas, graduates of Elizabeth High School; Jackie Lima, graduate of Linden High School; Zack Lipshitz, graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School; Gianna Randazza of Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School; and Kathleen Walsh, graduate of Linden High School.
The awards dinner is sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association (UCBA), in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Since 1937, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner has been the primary fund-raiser for the UCBA’s summer and fall programs for young ballplayers.
(Photos by Jim Lowney/County of Union)