Hall of Fame

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2015 Inductees

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2013 Inductees

Tom Haas

Deptford H.S.

Coach/Contributor 2013

Tom Haas

Tom Haas

Tom Haas is a 1969 Deptford High School graduate. While at Deptford, he played for then-Rookie Head Baseball Coach Bob Burrough. Tom was selected for First Team All-Conference as a catcher and helped his team win the conference title in 1968. Tom attended Salem County Community College from 1970 through 1971 and majored in Drafting and Design. He went on to work for three different engineering firms before being hired as a drafting instructor at Camden County Technical Schools Pennsauken Campus in 1986, where he was also appointed Head Baseball Coach that same year. During his 16 years at Penn Tech, he had an accumulated record of 121-167, and led his team to win the New Jersey State Technical Conference Championships in 1998 and 1999, four second place finishes, and three NJSIAA State playoffs appearances, which was a first in school history. In 2001, Tom was appointed Freshman Baseball Coach at Bishop Eustace Prep, and he worked under Head Coach Sam Tropiano until Tom’s retirement this year.

From 1997 to 2000, Tom also coached children aged 7 to 14 years with the Phillies Baseball Academy during the summer months at different locations throughout South Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. He also managed the Deptford American Legion Senior Baseball Team.

Tom joined the Hot Stovers Baseball Club in 2001 and was appointed their team manager in 2006. The team won the MSBL 35+ and 45+ League Championships in 2007 and again in 2010. This past season, the team won the NJIBL 35+ Central Division Championships.

Tom received the Charles “Bucky” Shinn Memorial Award/ Hot Stover of the Year Award in 2005. He currently serves as Vice President of the Hot Stovers Baseball Club. Other accomplishments include his service as a Special Police Officer and as a Councilman for the Borough of Clayton from 1975 through 1978. Additionally, Tom received the Camden County Technical Schools Pennsauken Campus Teacher of the Year Award in 2007.

Tom has served as president for the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association since 2008, and he has established, along with his mother, Anna, and Post 424 Commander Andrew McKenna, the Edward J. Haas Memorial Scholarship, given each year at both the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association Dinner and at the Hot Stovers Awards Banquet.

Tom and his wife, Alice, married in 1971, reside in Sicklerville, New Jersey. They have three daughters, Jennifer, Cathy, and Cindy, and nine grandchildren.

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Rob Price

Robert (Rob) Price, a 1988 Cherry Hill High School East graduate, enters the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame as a former player and professional umpire starting in the Single A New York Penn League where he officiated the league’s (Short A) championship series his first year, 2003. In 2004, he was selected to work the Mid-West League (Long A) Championship series and in ’05 the Florida State League (High A) Championship series.

“Bobby,” as he was known as an umpire, jumped to Double A in 2006 and ’07 working the Eastern League Championship series both years. In 2008, he jumped to the Triple A International League where he wrapped up his professional career after the 2009 season.

Price worked Major League spring training in ’08 and ’09 and the Dominican Winter Baseball League in 2006-07 working its Championship Series. He was chosen to work the Major League Umpire Camp in 2007 and ’08.

Rob cut his teeth on baseball early on. His brother Larry, a Cherry Hill East pitcher, a 1981 Hall of Fame inductee went on to play at the University of South Carolina. Bother Danny, also an East graduate, played at Duke University.

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2012 Inductees

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Joe Acquaro
Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Third Base – 2012

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Joe Acquaro has been involved in South Jersey baseball for more than five decades. He’s a 1954 Woodrow Wilson High School graduate where he played third base for the ’53 and ’54 varsity baseball team, where they won the Camden City Series, Group 3 and Sectional State Championship teams under Hall of Famer Binney Pawlak.

Teammates of his were future South Jersey Baseball Hall of Famers, Joe Canuso, Bill Davidson, Sam Croge and Art Watson. Prior to entering Wilson, Acquaro had already started building a career in the independent summer leagues. In 1951 he won the Camden County Parks League second half batting title hitting .500, leading Camden Eastside to the league title. He continued playing in the parks, Gottschalk Twilight and American Legion Leagues.

Over the years, Acquaro developed a reputation as a major contributor to South Jersey baseball, working with his mentor and Hall of Fame member, the late Bob Bobo, assuming the responsibilities of what has become the Robert G. Bobo Memorial Golf Tournament and taking over as editor of the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet program. As editor, he designs it, crafts the editorial content, lays out the graphics and maintains the statistics.

Acquaro has received the Charles “”Bucky”” Shinn memorial Award/ Hot Stover of the Year twice – 2004 and 2007. Joe is retired and along with being a proud member of the Hot Stover’s, He enjoys playing golf each week with his buddies at Golden Pheasant Golf Club.

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Joe Davis 
Cherry Hill East H.S.
Infielder – 2012

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Joe Davis made a lasting impression playing first base for Cherry Hill High School East starting in 1974. His career batting average was .351, with 78 hits, 54 runs scored, 58 runs batted in, 14 doubles, five triples with a .974 career fielding percentage and 11 career home runs – at the time, most in East history.

In his senior year, Davis batted .420 with 42 hits, seven doubles, three triples and seven home runs…to sum up the year, his Cherry Hill East team won All-Conference and the Group 4 Championship.

From East, Davis played the outfield for Glassboro State College(now Rowan University) where in 1979, Hall of Fame coach Mickey Briglia’s squad won the Division 3 National Championship. His Pen-Del League career included six championships for his Jenkintown Quakers team. Davis still plays independent ball in an over 35 league. In the three years playing in the league his team, the Detroit Tigers, just recently added a championship to Davis’ resume.

Joe Davis comes from an athletic family and indeed has bragging rights…..Joe’s Dad, in 1992, entered the South Jersey Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame and his son, Joe Davis IV, in 2005, became a National Champion at Gloucester County College.

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Keith Garagozzo
Holy Cross H.S.
Pitcher – 2012

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Keith Garagozzo was a lefthanded pitcher for Holy Cross (Delran) High School before heading to the University of Delaware where his career blossomed under coach Bob Hannah.

In 1989 Keith had a 3-3 record with an ERA of 3.75 and in 1990, he went 7-2 with an ERA of 2.96 and in his best year 1991, he went 9-2 with a 1.31 ERA along with 109 strike outs. After being named a first-team All American at Delaware in 1991, Garagozzo was drafted by the New York Yankees the ninth round. Three years later, he was pitching for the Minnesota Twins in the big leagues. His professional career ended prematurely. He developed shoulder problems and never returned after undergoing reconstructive surgery.

As a Twin, Garagozzo’s appeared in seven games, throwing just nine innings. He had no major league decisions. His minor league statistics helped him progress through the Yankees’ system until being a Twins’ Rule V draft. As a Yankees’ prospect, he was 29-22 with a 3.67 ERA in 465 innings. He averaged seven strike outs per nine innings.

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John Hobbs 
Cherry Hill West H.S.
Pitcher – 2012

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John “”Jack”” Hobbs is a 1974 Cherry Hill West and a 1978 Lynchburg College graduate. He was drafted in 1978 by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round and made it to the major leagues with Minnesota in 1982 where he posted a 3.00 earned run average. In 1983 with the Orlando Twins of the Southern League, he played in 51 games, had 8 wins with 4 losses with an ERA of 3.97 and a total of 87 strike outs.

At West, Hobbs was All-State honorable mention in 1974, All-South Jersey first team and All Group 4 in 1973 and 1974. In 1974, the Lions won the State Championship Title. In 1973, Jack had a record of 8 wins, 1 loss with 42 strikeouts and 8 walks. In 1974 he went 9 wins, 0 losses with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks. His high school career includes a 29-2 record with more than 100 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.75.

At Lynchburg, he was a 1978 Division 3 first-team All American and was inducted into the Lynchburg Hall of Fame in 2001. Hobbs was inducted into the Cherry Hill West Hall of Fame in 1998.

Jack makes his home in Coppell, Texas.

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Lee Ware
Salem H.S.
Coach – 2012

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Lee Ware is a Salem High School graduate who is entering his 40th year as Woodstown High School baseball coach. His career record is 590-318 with five South Jersey Championships, in 1984, 1985, 1991, 1997 and 2000.

Lee had one Group II Championship along with one State Championship Title in 1991. He also collected an incredible nine Tri-County Conference crowns, in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2005 and 2006.

The 1968 Glassboro State College graduate played in the NAIA World Series in three of the four years as the Profs’ centerfielder. His GSC batting average was .360, which led to his 2001 induction into what is now the Rowan University Sports Hall of Fame. Lee was drafted from Glassboro State College by the Minnesota Twins Organization in 1968. He had a brief stay with the Auburn Twins, of the New York-Penn League located in Auburn, NY, where he batted .302.

During Lee’s fine coaching career, he was awarded the Binney Pawlak “”Hot Stover’s”” Coach of the Year title in 1991, and was inducted to the Salem County Hall of Fame in 2001. Ware was named South Jersey Coach of the Year in 1985 and is a member of the Bridgeton Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was named the New Jersey Scholastic Baseball Coaches Association “”Man of the Year””…

Lee and his wife Patti make their home in Salem, NJ.

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2011 Inductees

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Elwood Bearint
Camden, NJ
Pitcher – 2011
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Elwood Bearint is entering the Hall posthumously. He grew up in the Cramer Hill section of Camden where he was considered one of the top baseball players in the area.

He was a crafty left-handed pitcher. Newspaper stories and boxscores indicate he was an above average hitter and excellent defensive outfielder when not pitching. He was signed by Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics in 1926 and played for the Chambersburg (Pa.) Maroons in the Blue Ridge League and York (Pa.) in the New York-Penn League in 1926 where he hit .256 with a 7-6 pitching record.

In 1927, Bearint hit .316 for the Maroons with a 1-4 pitching record. In an exhibition game for the York Roses, he pitched against the St. Louis Cardinals (facing Rogers Hornsby) losing 6-2.

Prior to signing with the A’s, Bearint pitched and hit for the successful Defiance team in Camden. In 1923, Defiance took the Camden City championship with a 33-8 record.

After injuring his elbow in 1927, he returned from the minors to lead Camden to championships in the South Jersey Police League and Strawbridge and Clothier in the Camden City League. For a time, he was a mechanic in the Camden Police garage. He continued to play in the area during the ’30s and ’40s while running a roofing business.

Bearint died in 1954 at 48. Both of his younger brothers, Paul and Chuck, played professional ball and are members of the South Jersey Baseball Hall-of-Fame.

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Joe Cruz III – Overbrook H.S.
Infielder – 2011

Joe Cruz is a 1995 Overbrook High School (Pine Hill) graduate and an All American in ’96 and ’97 at Camden County College.

In 1997, he was National Junior College Player of the Year, Region 19 Player of the Year and South Jersey Base …

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Ted Frett – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Pitcher – 2011

Ted Frett is a Woodrow Wilson graduate. The left-handed pitcher and hitter led the Tigers to the Camden City Series Championship, was his team’s MVP and was selected Camden City Player of the Year.

In 1966, he tossed one no hitter, 2 …

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Larry Litwin – Pennsauken H.S.
Contributor – 2011

Larry Litwin is being inducted as the 2011 contributor. He played his high school baseball at Pennsauken (’63), summer ball in the Delaware Valley League where he was All-Star Game MVP in ’62 and Garden State League leading the league in hitti …

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Chuck Ricci – Shawnee H.S.
Pitcher – 2011

Chuck Ricci is a 1987 Shawnee High School graduate and former Phillies pitcher. Now a national cross checker for Cleveland Indians, he has spent close to 25 years in professional baseball. He was a fourth round pick by the Baltimore Orioles in …

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Steve Van Note – Atlantic City H.S.
Infielder – 2011

Steve Van Note, a 1999 graduate of Atlantic City High School, earned four varsity letters in baseball. He led the Cape Atlantic League his senior year, batting .556. He was All- Group IV, All-Conference and All-South Jersey in 1998 and ’99.

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2010 Inductees

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Lou Bobo Sr. – H.C. Sharp School
Pitcher – 2010

Lou Bobo Sr., was a well-known left-handed pitcher whose baseball career spanned more than three decades. He pitched for many local semi-pro baseball teams and had tryouts with both the Philadelphia A’s and the Phillies. His local uniforms in …

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Walter French
2010

Walter French was born in Moorestown where he attended school and was an athlete. He played baseball and football at Rutgers and transferred to West Point where he became an All American football player.

He did not graduate, and whe …

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Joe Hudson – Holy Cross H.S.
Pitcher – 2010

Joe Hudson is a 1989 Holy Cross High School graduate, and in his senior year had a record of 17-2 with an ERA of 1.96. Hudson was selected for the Newark Star ledger All-State baseball team in 1989. He received a baseball scholarship to West V …

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Nick Italiano – Bishop Eustace Prep. School
Infielder – 2010

Nick Italiano is a 1999 Bishop Eustace Preparatory School graduate. He lettered for three years before heading to the University of Pennsylvania and signing a free agent contract with the Phillies in 2003. His Phillies minor league career took …

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Bob Kenney – Camden Catholic H.S.
Journalist – 2010

Kenney is the former long-time sports editor of the Courier-Post. He oversaw a sports department that concentrated on scholastic and independent baseball and the other sports in South Jersey – from Burlington to Cape May Counties.

Bob …

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Brett Laxton – Audubon H.S.
Pitcher – 2010

Brett Laxton graduated from Audubon High School in 1992, and in his senior year, was named Hot Stover’s/South Jersey Coaches All-Star Team “”MVP””, and was selected for the Joe Barth American Legion scholarship award. After high school, went on …

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J.J. Picollo – Cherry Hill H.S.
Catcher – 2010

J.J. Picollo is a 1989 Cherry Hill High School West graduate. He lettered in baseball, football and basketball before heading to North Carolina State University and graduating from George Mason University (GMU) in 1994.

Now assistant ge …

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Rick Ventura – Merchantville H.S.
Journalist – 2010

Ventura is a Merchantville High School graduate and long-time Courier-Post reporter. He started writing at the Courier in 1970 after serving as statistician and scorekeeper for football and baseball and team manager and statistician for the bas …

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2009 Inductees

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John Barr – Audubon High School
Infielder – 2009

Barr is a graduate of Audubon High School where he helped establish a long tradition of excellence when the Green Wave won the 1975 Group 2 state championship under coach Hank Greenberg.

Barr, now assistant general manager for the San Fra …

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Ernie Delp – Pennsauken High School
Umpire – 2009

Delp is entering the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame as a contributor – umpire. Over his more than 20 years of calling balls and strikes, Delp officiated at every level from Little League to junior college. Ernie’s numerous post-season assignme …

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Mike Patrizi – Pennsauken High School
Outfield – 2009

Patrizi is a 1990 PHS graduate. After playing one year at Camden Catholic, where he batted .358 with six home runs and 13 RBIs, Patrizi transferred to Pennsauken where he batted .349 (’88), .464 (’89) and .441 (’90). His PHS totals include 10 home …

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Larry Price – Cherry Hill East HS
Pitcher – 2009

Price, a 1981 Cherry Hill East HS graduate, rolled up enough impressive numbers and honors to win a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina. At East, playing under head coach and South Jersey Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Martin, Pr …

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Chuck Roney – Collingswood
Coach – 2009

Roney spent more than 30 years coaching high school and college (Glassboro State, 1988 and 1989) baseball. As a head coach, his winning percentage is just under .600 (329-221). After heading the programs at Cherokee, Haddon Township and Pennsville …

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Boyd Sands – Camden County
Contributor – 2009

Sands enters the Hall of Fame as a contributor – administrator, umpire and executive. He is a long-time former school administrator, highly respected umpire and former executive director of the NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIA …

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Gene Sasse – North (Philadelphia) Catholic High School
Umpire – 2009

Sasse was a 32-year umpire veteran – seven years in the semi-professional Penn Del League and 25 years as a member of the Camden County chapter of the NJBUA, umpiring junior college and high school games including Region 19 junior college tournam …

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Steve Young – Cherry Hill East
Catcher – 2009

Young is a 1992 Cherry Hill East graduate, where he played four years of varsity baseball under Hall of Fame coach Dave Martin. Now a vice principal at Eastern, Young set East career records in runs scored (101), hits (134), doubles (28), batting …

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2008 Inductees

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Mike Campo – St. Augustine Prep
OF – 2008

Campo, is an Atlantic County product where he starred in the outfield for Saint Augustine Preparatory School. In 2000, he was named a first team All-American before completing his senior year at Penn State (PSU). In 1997, he was named to the L …

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Mark Freed – Pennsville Memorial H.S.
RHP – 2008

Freed is a graduate of Pennsville Memorial High School (PMHS) and Mississippi State University. He was a ninth round Chicago Cubs’ draft pick in 2000 and then rose to Triple A after being traded to the Diamondbacks. Then in 2004 and 2005, h …

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Elwood Graham – Atlantic City H.S.
OF – 2008

“Woody” Graham was a 1947 Atlantic City High School (ACHS) graduate where he earned All-County first team honors in 1946 and ’47. He was also named All-County in football in 1947. Graham is one of the few players ever to earn vars …

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Dave Martin – Gloucester Catholic H.S.
C – 2008

Martin left an indelible mark on South Jersey baseball as head coach at Cherry Hill High School East for 32 years until retiring after the 2005 season with more than 500 career wins. He was a four year varsity player at Gloucester Catholic High …

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Mike Moriarty – Bishop Eustace Prep
SS – 2008

Moriarty graduated from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School and Seton Hall University where he was a first team All-American in 1995. Mike was first team All-East in 1994 and ’95. He holds the single season (176) and career (489) records for …

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Dave Townsend – Pennsville Memorial H.S.
C – 2008

Townsend grew up in Pennsville where he played little league, Babe Ruth, and captained the 1966 Pennsville High team, was a member of the Pennsville Merchants Salem County League champions in the 60’s, and the 1967 and 1968 Wesley College t …

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Chris Widger – Pennsville Memorial H.S.
C – 2008

Widger, a graduate of (PMHS) Pennsville Memorial High School, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 1992 Amateur draft, and signed June 3rd, 1992. He played 10 seasons in the major leagues and wears a 2005 World Series …

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2007 Inductees

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2006 Inductees

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Tom Ippolite – Camden H.S.
Pitcher – 2006

Tom Ippolite’s baseball career began on the sandlots of South Camden nearly six decades ago. Long before the use of radar guns, it was evident; Tom could throw a pitch with blinding speed and soon became a prominent pitcher of his era.

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Marc Narducci – Paul VI
Journalist – 2006

Marc Narducci is a 1977 Paul VI graduate and a 1981 alumnus of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) where he majored in communication.

His life-long love of sports has been reflected in his professional career, which began at the C …

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Rick Santarone – Cherry Hill East
Catcher – 2006

Rick Santarone had the distinction of being drafted three times by three different major league teams: Seattle Mariners (1977), Detroit Tigers (1978) and New York Yankees (1979). He signed with the Yankees and spent time in their minor league syst …

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Vaughn Schill – Audubon
Infield – 2006

Vaughn Schill graduated from Audubon High School in 1996 and went onto Duke University despite being drafted by the Florida Marlins in the ninth round. And there was good reason he was drafted.

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Shawn Senior – Cherry Hill West
Pitcher – 2006

A 1990 graduate of Cherry Hill High School West, Shawn Senior was among the most feared pitchers of his era.

While he did spend the 1987 and 88 seasons at Camden Catholic High School, he blossomed at West racking up a 20-0 record. His earned ru …

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William Vespe – Gloucester Catholic
Pitcher – 2006

Known throughout his career as “Will” Vespe is a 1985 Gloucester Catholic High School graduate where he racked up such impressive numbers as .520 and .610 batting averages in 1984 and 85, respectively. But he was an outstanding pitcher, …

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2005 Inductees

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Todd Azar – Cherry Hill East H.S.
Outfield – 2005

Todd Azar graduated from Cherry Hill East in 1983 after leading the Cougars to three consecutive Olympic Conference titles. His four year career brought him All–Conference, All South Jersey and All Group IV recognition in 1982 and 1983 and was …

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Joseph Canuso – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Catcher – 2005

Joe Canuso graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 1953. He was high school’s premier catcher in 1952 and 1953, leading his team in batting average, RBIs and home runs. He also led Wilson to the Camden City Series title and the Group III championsh …

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Gary Cicatiello – Hammonton H.S.
Outfielder – 2005

A 1975 graduate of Hammonton High School, Gary Cicatiello was a three time All-Cape Atlantic League selection and led his team to the All-Group I championship in 1975. Gary hit .400 and .381 in his Junior and Senior years and filled in on the mou …

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Edward Herron – Cinniminson H.S.
Coach – 2005

Edward “Red” Herron has been a part of South Jersey baseball since 1960. Red grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he played baseball and football and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Red served in the Army and honed hi …

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Ryan Luzinski – Holy Cross H.S.
Catcher – 2005

Ryan Luzinski graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1995. From 1989 to 1992 Ryan was the Parochial A All-Conference catcher and was picked for All-State and All-South Jersey honors in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He hit .405 in 27 games in 1991 with …

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Michael Maerten – Delran H.S.
Pitcher – 2005

Mike Maerten was an All-Conference, All Group II and All-South Jersey selection in 1989 and 1990 and was named to the All-State team in 1990. His record for those two years was 18 wins, 3 losses and 6 saves. He recorded a 1.15 ERA in 1989 and fo …

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2004 Inductees

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Carl Belz – Haddon Heights High School
Infielder – 2004

Carl Belz is considered to be one of the greatest athletes to graduate from Haddon Heights High School. He was named to the All Colonial Conference team in all three of his varsity seasons at Haddon Heights. He finished his final season in 1954 by …

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Stan Boody – Deptford Township, New Jersey
Journalist – 2004

Stan Boody grew up in Almonesson and attended Woodbury High School where he wrestled and played both baseball and football. His athletic career was interrupted when Pearl Harbor was attacked and he joined the Marine Corp. He spent most of World Wa …

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Rowland George – Pennsauken High School
Pitcher – 2004

Rowland George graduated in 1972, setting a school record of 18 wins during a 3 year stretch of sub-par seasons for Pennsauken High School. As a senior he won All Conference and All Group IV honors after recording a 0.98 ERA season.

George atten …

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Blaise Kozeniewski – Highland High School
Infielder/Pitcher – 2004

Blaise was a four year varsity player in baseball, soccer and basketball at Highland High School. In his junior year he was named All-South Jersey, second team by the Inquirer, All South Jersey honorable mention by the Courier-Post, and All Group …

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Robert Viggiano – Camden Catholic
Journalist, Courier-Post – 2004

Bob Viggiano was born in Camden, New Jersey, and graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1954. After graduation he attended and graduated from Mt. Saint Mary’s College in 1958. After graduation he served in the US Army in 1958 and 1959. …

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Ron Walker – Shawnee High School
Infielder/Pitcher – 2004

Ron Walker was named Player of the Year by the Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey in 1994 after a brilliant high school career. He was named All-Burlington County from 1992 to 1994, All-South Jersey and All-State in 1993 and 1994 and the Co …

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2003 Inductees

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Ralph Conrad – Penns Grove H.S.
Outfielder – 2003

Ralph Conrad was a four year starter at Penns Grove High School garnering All Group II honors in 1953, 1954 and 1955. In 1956 he was named the MVP at Valley Forge Military Academy. Then, after moving on to Wake Forest University, he took the confe …

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Rocco Gimello – Camden NJ
Coach – 2003

South Jersey baseball fans often recall some of the strong Camden City League baseball teams of the 30s and 40s. Rocco “Rox” Gimello molded some of the areas best into a dynasty which lasted for more than a decade.

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Bo Gray – Cherry Hill West H.S.
Pitcher – 2003

Bo never lost a game in his high school career. His winning streak of 30 straight games places him at the top of the record book for South Jersey pitchers.

Possibly the greatest high school pitcher of our time, Gray led his team to numerous …

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Tom Trotman – Cherry Hill West H.S.
Coach – 2003

Tom graduated from Delaware Township High School in 1961 where he was a three sport athlete. After college he landed a job as an assistant football coach at his alma mater and in 1966 coached JV baseball. He took on the varsity baseball job in 197 …

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Art Watson – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Pitcher – 2003

Art Watson was a crafty left-handed pitcher who posessed one of the best curve balls ever seen in these parts. Art pitched for Hall of Fame Coach “Binney” Pawlak at Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1952 he led Wilson pitchers, posting a 9 …

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John Yowler – Gloucester Catholic H.S.
Pitcher – 2003

John Yowler attended Gloucester Catholic High School playing Varsity ball from 1978 to 1980. As a pitcher he recorded a 5-1 mark in 1978 with a 1.80 ERA and hit .350 playing the outfield when not on the mound. His stats fell off a little in 1979 r …

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2002 Inductees

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Randell P. Byers Sr. – Cumberland Regional H.S.
Outfielder – 2002

Randell Byers graduated from Cumberland Regional High School in 1982 where he had been scouted by several major league teams. Despite being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in June he opted to attend the Community College of Baltimore. Drafted in …

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Jeff Datz – Clearview Regional H.S.
Catcher – 2002

Jeff Datz was a three-year varsity starter at High School from 1976 to 1978. He was named All-Conference all three years, adding All Group 2 honors in 1978. Jeff moved on to Glassboro State College where he continued drawing the attention of major …

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Joseph C. Deluca – Bridgeton NJ
Contributor – 2002

Born and raised in Bridgeton, New Jersey, Joe has a long record of public service and affiliation with sports and baseball in particular. He has been a member of the Hot Stovers’ Hall Of Fame Selection Committee since 1989 and, since 1990 a me …

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Oral Hershiser IV – Cherry Hill East H.S.
Pitcher – 2002

Orel graduated from Cherry Hill East High School in 1976 and was All Group IV in his senior year. His record was 8-1, and he batted .402 as a designated hitter. He attended Bowling Green State University. In 1979 Orel was a first round pick of the …

John Mead – Cherry Hill NJ
Contributor – 2002

After 50 years of service to Little League, the last 46 as the administrator for District 13, John Mead finally called it a career in 2002. After a bout with pneumonia in April and some time in the hospital, the 85-year old Mead decided to turn th …

Jerry Sheehan – Camden Catholic H.S.
Catcher – 2002

Jerry Sheehan grew up in East Camden, spending his days playing in pickup games at Dudley Grange Park and then spent his evenings watching the independent games that were on display almost every evening. When Jerry was just about ready to reach th …

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2001 Inductees

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2000 Inductees

Charles “Chuck” Bearint – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Catcher – 2000
Chuck was a three sport athlete in 1942 and 1943, under “Worm” Wershing at Woodrow Wilson High School..He was the All-Group III catcher both years hitting .360 and .405..After the 1943 season he joined George Patton’s 3rd Army where he …

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Doug Frambes – Collingswood, NJ
Journalist – 2000

Pitching for Collingswood for two years, Doug was fortunate to have played for two of South Jersey premier coaches, Skeets Irvine in 1942 and Bill Diemer in 1943.

Doug spent the next three years in the service and when he returned in 1946 a …

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Albert Malloie – Audubon, NJ
Umpire – 2000

For more than 50 years Reds Malloie was a familiar figure on the ball fields of South Jersey. Born in Camden in 1903, and raised in Fairview, he dropped out of school in the fourth grade when his father died to help support his family. During his …

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Joe Neal – Audubon H.S.
Pitcher – 2000

Lefty Joe Neal was a natural athlete, starring on both the diamond and the basketball court in the late 60s. A smooth fielding first baseman, Joe was a 4 year varsity performer at Audubon, hitting .359 in his senior year. He was most impressive, h …

Jeff Trout – Millville H.S.
Infielder – 2000

Jeff was a three year varsity player at Millville from 1977 to 1979. He was named to the All-Cape Atlantic Team in 1978 and 79 and the All South Jersey Team in his senior year.

After graduation he attended the University of Delaware where he …

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1999 Inductees

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Joe Gorski Sr. – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Pitcher – 1999

Joe Gorski’s strong arm carried Worm Wershing’s Woodrow Wilson squad to the conference championship in 1941. Joe posted an 8-0 record, working 68 innings, striking out 94 while allowing just 11 walks. He was especially effective in the big …

Rocky Iacovone – Woodbury H.S.
Infielder/Outfielder – 1999

Rocky graduated from Woodbury High School in 1955. He played the infield in high school and in 1954 and 1955 hit over .400 and was named first team All Colonial Conference, first team All South Jersey Group III and first team All State Group III.< …

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Rick Lancellotti – Cherry Hill East H.S.
Outfielder – 1999

Rick graduated from East in 1974 and attended Glassboro State College where he acquired the reputation as a long ball hitter. Splitting his playing time between first base and the outfield, he maintained a .295 batting average hitting 29 home runs …

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Gordon Leslie – Collingswood H.S.
Outfielder – 1999

Gordon graduated from Collingswood High School after playing four years of Varsity ball for Bill Diemer. Their 1948 and 49 teams won back to back South Jersey Group IV titles and in 1949 Gordon was named to the All South Jersey squad. He also exce …

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Barry Lloyd – Bridgeton H.S.
Outfielder – 1999

Barry played three years of Varsity baseball at Bridgeton High School and hit .436 for his three year career. Over the three years he was named to the All South Jersey squad, and the All Cumberland County, All Group IV and All Conference teams. He …

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Sal Nardello – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Infielder – 1999

Sal played shortstop for Al Bass’s Woodrow Wilson team in 1948. The team posted a 20-4 record and Wilson went on to win the City Series Crown as Sal hit .286 for the season.

After high school Sal was given a pro contract to play for the …

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Walt Serad – Delsea Regional H.S.
Coach – 1999

Walt played varsity football at Glassboro High School and graduated in 1957. He moved on to Trenton State College where he played football for another 4 years. When he graduated in 1961 he took a job teaching at Delsea beginning a long and disting …

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Bill Wagner – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Outfielder – 1999

Bill Wagner played for Wilson from 1955 to 1957. They won the City Series in 1955 and 1957 and captured the Group III crown in 1957. In the off season he quarterbacked the football team and was named to the All City and All Group III squads. Winte …

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1997 Inductees

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Russ Bell – Bridgeton H.S.
Outfielder – 1995

At the young age of 15, Russ Bell was playing competitively in adult summer leagues throughout southern New Jersey. The following fall he entered Bridgeton High School and went on to play varsity baseball for all four years, as a pitcher and outfi …

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Len Butler – Cherry Hill East H.S.
Infielder – 1995

During the early 70s Len Butler was one of the most feared left-hand hitters in the state. His quick bat, excellent speed, and strong throwing arm combined to earn him the honor of being the first South Jersey player to be selected to the All Sout …

Les Fulleylove – Edgewood H.S.
Pitcher – 1995

Edgewood High was a Group II powerhouse in the mid-1960s, and the sensational left-hand pitcher, Les Fulleylove, was the main reason for the Eagle success. Starting in 1963 and ending in 1965, the big lefty known for his pin-point control, only 33 …

Mike Havers – Moorestown H.S.
Pitcher – 1995

From 1981 to 1983 Head Coach Russ Spicer’s Moorestown Quakers established themselves as a Burlington County, South Jersey, and New Jersey baseball power. Hard throwing left-hander Mike Havers was the main reason for the Quakers three year succ …

Emory Helfrich – Pleasantville H.S.
Coach – 1995

Ty Helfrich was one of the best – if not the best of all ball players that Atlantic County has ever produced. He distinguished himself at all levels of baseball, sandlot, high school, prep school, college, independent, semi-pro, minor league, and …

Al Leslie – Collingswood H.S.
Infielder – 1995

Al Leslie was considered one of the most outstanding infielders and hitters in the state of New Jersey during the mid-1940s. He graduated from Collingswood High in 1946 after playing three varsity seasons, sharing time between second base and thir …

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Al Litwa – Camden H.S.
Outfielder – 1995

During the early 1940s Camden High was a state power in baseball, basketball, and football, and Al Litwa played a major role in all three sports. Besides being honored as an All-State running back, Litwa was one of the first ever South Jersey play …

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Al Lynch – Mount Laurel, NJ
Scout – 1995

The heart and soul of any professional baseball organization is its scouting system, and Al Lynch was a part of four of the best of those systems during his 29 years of scouting. Al’s scouting career included assignments with the St. Louis Car …

Frank Martinelli – Vineland H.S.
Outfielder – 1995

In the early 40s Frank Martinelli, a hard-nosed, hustling athlete, starred both in baseball and football for Vineland High. Playing three years of varsity competition in both sports did not seem to slow down the tough aggressive Martinelli, as he …

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Lou Berge – Pennsville H.S.
Catcher – 1994

Regarded as an excellent handler of pitchers, Lou was a key ingredient of the outstanding Pennsville High School teams of the 50s. He compiled a .507 batting average over his three varsity seasons, garnering 107 hits in 201 at bats.

As a sop …

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Stan Bialkowski – Camden, H.S.
Pitcher – 1994

Stan graduated from Camden High School where he was the ace of Coach Walt Nowak’s 1947 pitching staff. He dreamed of a professional career but when no offers came his way, he found a job at RCA. He played ball for the Victor AA team in the Cam …

Joseph Bona – Swedesboro and Kingsway H.S.
Coach – 1994

In forty–two seasons Bona earned the reputation of “Mr. Baseball” in the lower counties of South Jersey. His teams won eleven Tri–County Conference championships (1929, 41–44, 50–52, 55, 59 and 60) and four South Jers …

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Bill Forester – Millville H.S.
Pitcher – 1994

Bill grew up and learned to play baseball in the Little League and the local sandlots around Woodbine, NJ. He attended Millville High School and, as a sophomore, struck out 23 in a game against Bridgeton. In his Junior year Bill was developing int …

George Good – Camden, NJ
Umpire – 1994

George played basketball and baseball in high school before going on to Ursinus College where he continued his baseball career. After graduation, he rejected a minor league contract with the Boston Braves but eventually signed with the New York Ya …

Burtis Hill – Bordentown H.S.
Coach – 1994

Between 1951 and 1966 Bunker Hill coached the Bordentown Scotties to an impressive 192 victories and 15 winning seasons. His teams won the Burlington County Group I Championship in 1951 and 54, and Delaware Valley League titles in 1954, 55, 58, 59 …

Chris Hunger – Edgewood H.S.
Pitcher – 1994

In the late 1970’s the strong right arm of Chris Hunger lifted Edgewood baseball to their finest hour. During his junior and senior years the Eagles won Conference, South Jersey and State titles and helped make his team a Group III powerhouse. …

Ted Narleski – Collingswood H.S.
Infielder – 1994

Ted Narleski began his four year varsity career at Collingswood in 1947. He was the teams starting shortstop and leading hitter all four years. In his junior year he was named to the first team State All-Group IV and second team All-State. That su …

Joe Strippoli – Camden Catholic H.S.
OF – 1994
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Jerry Alden – Bridgeton, NJ
Contributor – 1993

Jerry Epstein was born in Elmer, NJ, in 1914. His family moved to Philadelphia where he attended Overbrook High School and later played in the Philadelphia Industrial League. After the death of his father the family returned to Sought Jersey and s …

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Ron Bennett – Pennsville H.S.
Pitcher – 1993

In the early 1980s right handed pitcher “Bo” Bennett set the standard for South Jersey pitchers. He helped Pennsville to the Tri–County title in 1980 and the South Jersey Group II championship with a record of 9–2. Ron’s finest y …

Frank Bonvardo – Audubon H.S.
Pitcher – 1993

During the 1960s no single pitcher was as consistently dominant as Frank Bonvardo. A strong armed right hander, Frank helped his Audubon team to Colonial Conference titles in 1962, 1963 and 1964 in addition to the 1964 South Jersey Group III Champ …

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Ken Bransdorf – Haddon Heights, NJ
Umpire – 1993

Ken Bransdorf was a catcher at Central High School in Washington, DC and went on to play at the University of Maryland. His education was interrupted when the Second World War broke out but he was able to continue playing, and sometimes filling in …

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Carmen Cella – Rancocas Valley H.S.
Coach – 1993

Carmen was a three sport athlete in high school and after graduation accepted a football scholarship to the University of Delaware where he played football and baseball for four years. He coached varsity baseball for two years at Caesar Rodney Hig …

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Richard Errickson – Vineland H.S.
Pitcher – 1993

Errickson was born in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 5,1912. He attended Vineland High School but left in his senior year, after the death of his mother, to help raise his brothers and sisters. Moving to Worcester, Massachusetts, Dick got a part t …

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Hildreth Flitcraft – Woodstown H.S.
Pitcher – 1993

Flitcraft was born in Woodstown on August 21, 1923. He excelled at several sports in high school including football, basketball and track before his graduation in 1940. After high school he attended Rutgers University where he continued playing …

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William J Gleason – Camden, NJ
Pitcher/Coach – 1993

Gleason was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1866 and his earliest appearance in professional baseball was with the Camden Merritt of the Eastern League in 1885. He played with Williamsport in 1887, and moved up to Scranton, before signing with the …

Bryan Jones – Haddonfield H.S.
Pitcher – 1993

Bryan was a major factor in Haddonfield’s outstanding teams of the early 70s. His dual role as shortstop and pitcher helped his team to Colonial Conference, South Jersey Group II and New Jersey State Group II titles in 1970, 71 and 72.

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Walt Burrows – Courier Post
Journalist – 1990

A 1945 graduate of Gloucester High School Walt was a four–year varsity baseball player, and by his senior year, was playing basketball and football as well. He moved on to play shortstop for several independent teams including Gloucester in the …

Roger Cramer – Barnegat H.S.
Outfielder – 1990

Doc Cramer graduated from Barnegat High School in 1926 where he played several positions as well as maintaining a straight A average. His discovery on a sandlot field in Beach Haven by scout Cy Perkins, was to lead to a long and productive career …

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Bill Davidson – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Infielder – 1990

When Bill chose Woodrow Wilson over Camden Catholic it was the opportunity to play for Al Bass that attracted him. By the time he got there, however, Bass had moved to Athletic Director, replaced by Stan Pawlak as baseball coach. A three-year star …

Karl Frantz – Audubon H.S.
Infielder – 1990

In an era of exceptional shortstops Karl Frantz was an unusual talent. He could field, throw, hit and run with the best, which, as a four year starter at Audubon High School, brought him several individual honors including his All State selection …

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Bob Gallagher – Pennsville H.S.
Infielder – 1990

The first four-year starter under the late Jack Myers, Gallagher was a key ingredient in Pennsville’s Tri- County Championship in 1968, and when they repeated in 1969, they added a South Jersey Group 2 title. Bob was selected All Conference at …

Fred Heimach – Camden, NJ
Pitcher – 1990

Fred Heimach was a tall lanky left-hander familiar to most semi-pro observers in the South Jersey area. Connie Mack, impressed with his strong left arm, signed him as a nineteen year old in 1920. He made the starting rotation in 1922, when the Ath …

Mike Narducci – Gloucester Catholic H.S.
Infielder – 1990

One of only six ballplayers to make All South Jersey three times, Mike was the backbone of the Gloucester Catholic hitting attack, leading the Rams to two state championships in 1973 and 1974. A consistent .400 hitter, he led South Jersey with 42 …

Edgar Smith – Columbus, NJ
Pitcher – 1990

Known as a hard luck pitcher, Smith’s 73-113 major league record gives little indication of his occasional brilliance. A left handed fastballer, Smith played with several South Jersey clubs including Medford, Columbus and Mt. Holly in the Burl …

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Russ Spicer – Haddonfield and Moorestown H.S.
Coach – 1990

A graduate of Oberlin College where he captained the varsity baseball squad for three years, Spicer signed with the Boston Red Sox after graduation and spent a second year with the Cleveland organization. He then decided that a teaching and coachi …

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Paul Bearint – Camden, NJ
Infielder – 1989

Paul Bearint grew up in the Cramer Hill section of Camden where he became known as one of the areas top young baseball and football players. In the mid 1930s he signed with the New York Yankees and enjoyed five productive years at Bassett, Virgini …

Sam Calderone – Burlington City H.S.
Catcher – 1989

Travel was greatly restricted for high school sports during the Second World War. This was unfortunate since many baseball observers considered the Burlington City Blue Devils one of South Jersey’s best ever. It still reigns as the only team t …

Rick Damush – Rancocas Valley H.S.
Infielder – 1989

For three years at Rancocas Valley, four years at Glassboro State College and 19 years in the Rancocas Valley League Damush played shortstop with the best. He was a smooth and consistent infielder and a strong right-handed hitter.

Rick was A …

John Griffith – Camden, NJ
Infielder – 1989

Many old timers would argue that East Camden’s Bunny Griffith was the finest shortstop ever to come out of South Jersey. Like so many others, John played for several area teams as a teenager, but jumped at the offer to play professional ball a …

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Maurice Higgins – Camden, NJ
Pitcher – 1989

Independent baseball was a favorite spectator sport in the era between the two world wars and many local favorites became absolute heroes to their fans. One of the biggest heroes of that era was pitcher Mush Higgins. He pitched for Wentz-Olney, of …

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Bill Laxton – Audubon H.S.
Pitcher – 1989

Bill Laxton came from a family of talented athletes. His father, brother, sister and two uncles were all well known in local sporting circles.

Bill played basketball as well as baseball at Audubon. When he graduated in 1966 he signed with t …

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Larry Milbourne – Millville H.S.
Infielder – 1989

Larry Milbourne gained his early baseball fame by earning All South Jersey honors as a shortstop for Millville High School. His brilliant fielding and consistent hitting made him an early draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles.

After several …

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Andy Mitchell – Camden, NJ
Umpire – 1989

Andy Mitchell seemed destined to become one of the best known, and most respected, officials in South Jersey. He began to referee scholastic and Industrial League basketball at an early age and in a short time had the reputation of being one of th …

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Earl Rapp – Swedesboro H.S.
Outfielder – 1989

When Earl Rapp, an outstanding all-around athlete, graduated from Swedesboro High School in 1940, he immediately signed a contract offered by Phillies scout, Jocko Collins. His career was interrupted by World War II where he served in the European …

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Ron Rossi – Merchantville H.S.
Outfielder – 1989

When Merchantville High grads congregate to discuss notable athletes of the past, the name Ron Rossi is always one of the first mentioned. When he picked up his diploma in 1955 he had served as captain of the football, basketball and baseball team …

Pete Sunkett – Camden, NJ
Pitcher – 1989

During his playing days there was a lively debate among opponents as to whether Pete Sunkett was more skilled as a hitter or a pitcher. On the mound, he possessed a blazing fastball, which he would occasionally bring up around the hitters chin. At …

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Lawton Witt – Alloway NJ
Outfielder – 1989

Born in Massachusetts, Whitey Witt spent most of his life in South Jersey. And, it was a life that extended over 93 years. Scouted by the Athletics and signed by Connie Mack, Witt came up with Philadelphia in 1916 and was with them through 1921, e …

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Al Bass – Camden and Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Coach – 1988

Whenever groups of former athletes discuss great coaches, the name of Al Bass is one of the first to emerge. Both at Camden and Woodrow Wilson, Bass produced championship teams and during his 11 years as ahead coach his baseball teams went 105 – …

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Bill Diemer – Collingswood H.S.
Coach – 1988

After a brilliant career at Pottstown High School and Springfield College, Diemer coached with distinction for 35 years at Collingswood. His years there were golden ones in Collingswood history, and it was his untiring efforts with younger players …

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Rawley Eastwick – Haddonfield H.S.
Pitcher – 1988

In his last two years at Haddonfield, Eastwick went 19 – 5, while striking out 243 opponents in 150 innings. And turning in an ERA of 0.75.

After his graduation in 1969, Rawley was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization and toiled in th …

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Will George – Pennsauken H.S.
Pitcher – 1988

Will George had a decision to make while in high school. Major college recruiters were intrigued by the potential of the Pennsauken quarterback, but major league scouts were just as interested. The decision was not difficult for Will to make. Noth …

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Leon Goslin – Salem, NJ
Outfielder – 1988

Goose Goslin began his playing days on the sandlots of Salem. When he called it a career, there was a plaque in Cooperstown honoring him as one of the greatest to have played the game.

Goslin played in the major leagues for 18 years finishin …

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Eddie Miksus – Burlington City H.S.
Infielder – 1988

One of the greatest athletes in the history of Burlington City High School was Eddie Miksis, a dominant figure on the court as well as the baseball diamond.

Eddie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers immediately out of high school and appeared in his …

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Bill Narleski – Woodlynne, NJ
Infielder – 1988

Bill Narleski grew up in the days when the baseball diamond was a battlefield, and only the toughest could prevail. Bill was one of the survivors, fighting his way through the minor leagues before spending two years with the Boston Red Sox.

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Ray Narleski – Collingswood H.S.
Pitcher – 1988

The Cleveland Indians signed Ray upon his graduation from Collingswood High School in 1946. By 1954 he had worked his way up to the parent club where he started an exceptional five year career as a premier reliever. From 1954 to 1958 he recorded 3 …

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Tom Ryan – Courier Post
Journalist – 1988

It is hard to imagine anyone more qualified to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame than long time Sports Editor for the Courier-Post than Tom Ryan. A scrappy infielder in his playing days, Ryan played for several area clubs, and was alwa …

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George Schultz – Burlington City H.S.
Pitcher – 1988

Barney Schultz was the star pitcher on a Burlington High School team that could boast of three future major leaguers. Two of Barney’s teammates were Eddie Miksis (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants).

Barney graduated from high school in …

Norman Selby – Woodrow Wilson H.S.
Outfielder – 1988

In Norm Selby’s day, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, three sport athletes were rather common. Selby not only played four sports, he excelled in all of them. He was equally outstanding on the court, diamond, gridiron or track. …

Harold Wagner – Palmyra, NJ
Catcher – 1988

In the early 1930s, when the Burlington County Leagues were loaded with talented players, it soon became apparent that a young catcher named Hal Wagner was blessed with unusual ability. Connie Mack, the legendary manager of the Philadelphia Athlet …

Grover Wearshing – Camden H.S.
Outfielder – 1988

Many veteran observers feel that “Worm” Wearshing was the greatest all-around athlete ever to graduate from Camden High School. Such opinions are always debatable but there is no doubt that at both Camden and at Temple University, Wearsh …

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