79th Annual Hot Stove Dinner

Student athletes from schools in Union County will be honored at the 79th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner on Sunday, February 8, 2015, beginning 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 Recreation.

Roy White, former Yankees All Star outfielder and 2-time World Series champion, will be the guest speaker.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Barry Kaverick, Jorge Comas, Richard McCormack, and Jack Shaw.

Award recipients at the Hot Stove Dinner include Nick Christiani, Union County Male Outstanding Athlete; Rebecca Rotola, Union County Female Outstanding Athlete; Tommy Trotter, Edward R. Cooper Memorial Award for Most Valuable Scholastic Baseball Player; Chrissy Ferraro, Banyasz Brothers Memorial Award for Most Valuable Scholastic Softball Player; and Mary Phillips, ConocoPhillips, Jerry Molloy Memorial Award for Service to Union County Baseball.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online or by downloading and mailing the table reservation form to the Union County Baseball Association, Box 176, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023.

Journal ads can also be purchased online or by downloading and mailing the journal ad form.

Proceeds will help fund the Union County Summer Youth Baseball League for youngsters 8 to 15 years, and the Fall Teen League.

Hot Stove Hall of Fame Inductees

Four local baseball legends – Jorge Comas of Elizabeth, Barry Kaverick of Kenilworth, Richard McCormack of Elizabeth, and Jack Shaw of Roselle Park – will be inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during awards ceremonies at the 79th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Jorge Comas played four years of varsity baseball at St. Mary’s High School in Elizabeth. His outstanding performance earned him All-Union County and Parochial All-State honors. At Ramapo College, he played for the 1984 NCAA Division III National Champions and he holds the all time Ramapo College school record for home runs.

Barry Kaverick made a name for himself as one of the best players in Roselle Catholic High School history. His talent as a pitcher, shortstop and hitter earned him First Team All-State honors. Barry passed up signing with the Yankees to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Later, he volunteered 17 years as a coach for the Kenilworth Little League.

Richard McCormack showed his versatility and passion for baseball from an early age. After graduating from the varsity at St. Mary’s in Elizabeth, he had a ten-year career in the Union County Baseball League and the Union County Industrial League, eventually becoming a player-manager. After his playing days, he coached in the Kenilworth Little League for a decade.

Jack Shaw grew up in Chatham and played in Morris and Essex leagues until the age of 30 – except for four years at Moravian College in Pennsylvania. Jack began coaching baseball at Roselle Park High School in 1976, retiring in 1999 with a 279-191 varsity record. He also coached at American Legion Post 60 for 13 seasons and was inducted into the NJ Scholastic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.

2014 Summer League Individual Award Winners

We congratulate the individual award winners for the 2014 Summer League season. These players excelled on the field and as teammates.

  Minors Majors Teen
MVP JORDAN MAULSHAGEN CALEB CARTER ANTHONY PAULINO
Butch Henry Award JASON WEAVER CHARLIE REITHEL BILLY LENTZ
Batting Title TYLER GOBEL CHRISTOPHER VAILLINY GEORGE VEGA
Cy Young MATTHEW SCALISE DANIEL MCDERMOTT ANDERS MYHRE
Gold Glove THOMAS MARSIGLIA DYLAN WYSS SEBASTIAN CHAQUEA
Catcher of the Year TYLER SAUTNER JAMES HOWLETT SEAN FAVA
Most Improved ETHAN RICHARDSON DANNY GERTEN JASON ANTONIK
Sportsmanship JUSTIN FRANCO JORDYN FRANCO MICHAEL PONS
Rookie of the Year DANIEL CORDONES SONNY MOSS MATT SULLIVAN

Thank you to our Sponsors

The Union County Baseball Association thanks our sponsors for the 2014 Summer League: Columbia Bank, Cryan Associates, Linden Recreation, Phillips 66, Applebees, Union County Emerald Society, Union County Savings Bank, Union Center National Bank, Union County Irish American Society, and Harbor Consultants.