PA pports Hall, Montco Chap­ter to in­duct nine

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-‘T0sF. For 20 years he was the Mont­gomery High pchool All-ptar Foot­ball Game pub­lic address an­nouncer.

Henry (HankF hing, who’s earned life­time achieve­ment com­men­da­tions for his base­ball scout­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Philadelphia Phillies’ suc­cesses, re­turns to his boy­hood turf for his Penn­syl­va­nia pports Hall of Fame in­duc­tion. An Up­per Me­rion High let­ter­man in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, and base­ball, his pitch­ing tal­ent led him, be­gin­ning in 19S2, to con­tracts with the White pox and lri­oles sys­tems. In 19T5 he joined the Phillies fam­ily. For 24 years, start­ing in 1984, Hank was the club’s chief ad­vance scout. He eval­u­ated Tampa Bay prior to the Phils’ 2008 World peries tri­umph. The cur­rent Lim­er­ick res­i­dent has con­ducted in­struc­tional base­ball pro­grams for young­sters for several yeas. And when not en­gaged with base­ball sea­sons, he’s served as a cer­ti­fied bas­ket­ball ref­eree.

John hing and Henry hing are some­times mis- taken as rel­a­tives. That’s not the case, but hav­ing both of them — from the same re­gion and same high school, and at the Hall of Fame’s head ta­ble pept. 25 — is an in­ter­est­ing coin­ci­dence. Each an Up­per Me­rion High three-sport let­ter­man. Base­ball ex­cel­lence in both of their back­grounds. At Brown Univer­sity John set a league home Uun UH­FRUG DnG HDUnHG fiUVW team All-Ivy League three times. He also let­tered in foot­ball, and is a Brown Hall of Famer for foot­ball and base­ball. While at Up­per Me­rion High John hing re­ceived the Tri­an­gle Club’s Wil­liam Dan­nehower Award. His strong base­ball in­ter­est con­tin­ues. In the 1990s John served a suc­cess­ful term as pres­i­dent of the Perkiomen sal­ley Twi­light League.

oichard (DickF Joseph oit­ting — (Un­sung Hero Award oe­cip­i­entF — The Mont­gomery Chap­ter of the Penn­syl­va­nia pports Hall of Fame is proud to have in­sti­tuted this spe­cial honor for per­sons who de­voted several decades of ded­i­cated ath­letic ex­cel­lence and ser­vice to team­work and whole­some sports­man­ship.

Dick oit­ting’s background and re­sume typ­ify this an­nual award’s char­ac­ter­is­tics. The long-time res­i­dent of WKH GOHnVLGH DUHD fiUVW HDUnHG no­table sports page at­ten­tion as a foot­ball, base­ball, DnG WUDFN DnG fiHOG VWDnGRuW at Philadelphia’s North­east High in the early 1940s be­fore serv­ing in the U.p. Navy, 1943-194S. With oit­ting in key roles, North­east won City foot­ball and track ti­tles. He placed second in the 1943 City Cham­pi­onships high jump com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing the many decades since he re­turned from mil­i­tary ser­vice, where he was a walk-on starter for the Navy base­ball team, the list of Dick’s ath­letic ac­com­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions have rarely been equaled. pome ex­am­plesW Two-way semi-pro foot­ball player, Chel­tenham Jay sees, 20-plus sea­sons.

Chel­tenham Jay sees semi-pro base­ball in pub­ur­ban and Penn-Del leagues, 30-plus years. Jay sees MsP, 195T. Player-coach several sea­sons.

Ex­ten­sive vol­un­teer ser­vice fol­low­ing his ac­tive play­ing and coach­ing ca- reerW 35-plus years Board of Di­rec­tors, Chel­tenham Jay sees; 25-plus years Board of Di­rec­tors of the Philadelphia Chap­ter of Penn­syl­va­nia pports Hall of Fame and 10-plus years as the PA pports Hall of Fame East­ern oe­gion vice pres­i­dent. ptill build­ing on his life­time of achieve­ments, Dick oit­ting is cur­rently ac­tive in his 10th year on the Amer­i­can Le­gion’s ex­ec­u­tive board.

Doors will open at S p.m. for the Mont­gomery County chap­ter’s third an­nual Penn­syl­va­nia pports Hall of Fame din­ner on pept. 25th at the oadis­son Ho­tel sal­ley Forge, 11S0 First Av­enue, hing of Prus­sia. The in­duc­tion din­ner be­gins at TW30. Tick­ets, at $S0 each, can be or­dered through Chap­ter Pres­i­dent David oit­ting at S10 25S-0300. Dave can also be reached by email at dav­erit­[email protected]­i­zon.net. Ta­bles of 10 are avail­able at $S00. Checks and money or­ders can be is­sued to PpHoF-Montco Chap­ter, and mailed to the Penn­syl­va­nia pports Hall of Fame Montco Chap­ter, 4TS Brook­wood od., Wayne, PA 1908T.

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