Moyer, Lepre inducted into Perky Hall
The playing careers and lives of the Perkiomen salley Twilight League’s two 2012 Hall of Fame inductees have been remarkably similar to one another.
Their Perky careers both began in 1980, though with differing teams. The two contemporaries would end their league tenures within a year of each other, and as teammates. During their time in the Perky League, each experienced great success, as part of a team and individually.
And today, both are coaches at the high school level, passing along their knowledge of competitiveness and sportsmanship to a new generation of athletes.
They even are the same age, 51.
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This is such a great feeling,” Moyer said following the ceremony. “It’s funny, though, you get to see some of the guys you played against. In some cases, it’s just like when I left. The Altieri boys (Bob and Matt) are here, since (Elsier) is coaching down at third base like always and (Fred Faison) still amazes me.”
Moyer was present for the induction. Lepre ended up missing the ceremony as he was delayed in returning home from a family vacation.
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“We are definitely at different ends of the spectrum, Todd and I,” Lepre said. “I kept most things in and Todd wore it on his sleeve. Where we’re the same, though, is that we both played with a lot of intensity.”
Moyer laughed at the difference between the two, and the friendship which developed because of it.
“Paul is the nicest guy in the world,” Moyer said. “Never did I ever see him get mad at anybody. His being with some of the rest of us at Collegeville, all those crazies, that was interesting.”
Moyer was one of the many Perky League players who came through the Boyertown baseball program, migrating to Collegeville for Perky games. After three seasons in the league, Moyer was signed to a minor league contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates, spending 1983 and part of 1984 in the Pirates farm system. He returned at the end of the ’84 season, in time to help Collegeville beat Lepre’s Norristown team in the finals. Moyer also missed the 1986 season when he spent a year helping coach the Boyertown Legion program.
His first MVP season came in 1982. In 1989 he won the triple crown, hitting .459 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. The following year, he again led the circuit in hitting with a .476 average.
“There were always such great rivalries, but you always respected guys as players,” Moyer said. “We played hard, but in the end, we have a lot of good friends here and a lot of good times.”
Lepre has the rare distinction of playing in the championship series for three different franchises: Norristown, Trooper and Collegeville. He was there nine times in all. A pitcher, first baseman and outfielder, Lepre was the league MVP in 1992 when he hit .427 with seven homers and 37 RBI. He also won seven games on the mound that summer.
He spent his first seven seasons with Norristown before moving over to Trooper in 1987, where he began as just a player and became the player-manager in 1989 when the team reached the championship series.
Lepre did not play in 1990 – he was managing J.P. Mascaro in American Legion ball at the time. He then took on a new role in the Perky League as he began umpiring games. That continued into 1991 when Mike Creciun, Lepre’s former manager at Norristown, convinced the left-hander to return to the league with Creciun’s current team in Collegeville.
He spent six seasons with Collegeville, winning the title four times.