The 80th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at The Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Rd. Clark, NJ 07066.
During the afternoon awards ceremonies, the UCBA will induct five new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame: Joe Alvarez of Elizabeth, Ray Crepeau of Linden, Walter Engelhardt of Elizabeth, Bruce Henderson of Rahway, and Damien Kane of Roselle.
Among the honorees at this year’s event will be student athletes from local high schools, including: P.J. Walker and Jahad Thomas, graduates of Elizabeth High School who are now teammates at Temple University; Jackie Lima, a graduate of Linden High School who led the Ramapo College Roadrunners to their first NJAC Tournament Championship; Kathleen Walsh, another Linden graduate, who was named to the All Union County First Team and now plays for Walsh University in Ohio; Gianna Randazza, a junior at Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School in Clark, who was named Union County Player of the Year with the Crusaders; and Zack Lipshitz, named Union County Hitter of the Year with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raiders, who now plays for Drew University.
Sparky Lyle, 2-time World Series Champion, 3-time All Star, 1977 Cy Young Award Winner, and former manager of the Somerset Patriots will be the guest speaker.
The Hot Stove League Dinner is the primary fund-raising effort for the Union County Baseball Association’s summer and fall programs.
Proceeds will help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League.
Registration for the 2016 Summer Youth League is available online by clicking here.
All games are played in Warinanco Park, Monday through Friday during the day. Minor and Major leagues play 2-3 days a week from 9:00am and 11:00am. Teen league plays 2-3 days per week between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Play is coached and supervised by UCBA staff. There will be no refunds after Team Assignment Day.