Arnold res­i­dent pays trib­ute to ex-Lit­tle Lea­guer who made head­lines

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Arnold res­i­dent John Kok­ish re­cently wrote a let­ter pay­ing trib­ute to his friend Joseph Car­da­mone who died Dec. 19, 2018.

Orig­i­nally from Lock Haven, Penn­syl­va­nia, Joe was on the 1948 Lit­tle League World Se­ries cham­pi­onship team when he achieved in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for his “hand­shake of sports­man­ship.” Dur­ing the cham­pi­onship game, one of the op­pos­ing team mem­bers hit a home run.

When the St. Peters­burg, Florida, player crossed the plate, Car­da­mone ex­tended his hand for a con­grat­u­la­tory shake. The photo was fea­tured on the cover of

Mag­a­zine soon af­ter. Car­da­mone was a long­time Anne Arun­del County res­i­dent. He worked for Anne Arun­del County Pub­lic Schools as a teacher, re­source teacher and a school ad­min­is­tra­tor, re­tir­ing in 1991 as prin­ci­pal of North­east High School in Pasadena. On Dec. 15, 2018, re­porter Lou Bernard wrote an ar­ti­cle for the which com­mem­o­rated the 70th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory.

Car­da­mone earned a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree from the Col­lege of Wil­liam and Mary, and a Mas­ter’s of Science De­gree from Mor­gan State Uni­ver­sity. He be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer in 1961.

Kok­ish, and Car­da­mone met in 1962, when they were work­ing for the school sys­tem. Over the years, the two be­came close friends, and the cir­cle grew to in­clude their fam­i­lies.

Af­ter Car­da­mone passed, Kok­ish asked his wife of 58 years, Rose Car­da­mone , if he could read a trib­ute to his friend, at the funeral.

“I know Rose is a pri­vate per­son, and so was Joe. I wasn’t sure how she would feel about that,” said Kok­ish, who re­tired from the county school sys­tem in 1996. He worked in hu­man re­sources.

In ad­di­tion to read­ing the trib­ute, he asked her if he could send it to the Rose agreed, al­though she char­ac­ter­izes her late hus­band as a “hum­ble” man. When asked if she had a copy of the Mag­a­zine cover that fea­tured her late hus­band, she stated that if she did, she had no way of find­ing it among all the other mem­o­ra­bilia.

Kok­ish’s trib­ute en­cour­aged peo­ple to model their be­hav­ior af­ter Car­da­mone.

“To­day’s world needs more Joey Car­da­mones,” Kok­ish’ let­ter reads. “To­day’s world needs less in-your-face con­fronta­tions, less bul­ly­ing, less taunt­ing, less trash talk, less road rage, less de­fi­ance, less name-call­ing, less swag­ger­ing shows of bravado … Joe’s sim­ple hand­shake can and should show the world that we can still be a civil so­ci­ety while be­ing on op­po­site sides of an is­sue, an opin­ion, a fence.

“Thanks, Joe, for dis­play­ing for us what true sports­man­ship is all about. Thanks, Joe, for your dis­play of in­no­cence and gra­cious­ness.

Arnold Preser­va­tion Coun­cil to meet tonight

The Arnold Preser­va­tion Coun­cil will host its an­nual meet­ing tonight at As­bury United Methodist Church Fel­low­ship Hall, 78 Church Road at 7 p.m. A meet and greet will be held with a busi­ness meet­ing at 7:30 p.m. New rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Dis­trict 5 Amanda Fiedler, County Coun­cil and Derek Matthews, con­stituent ser­vices will ad­dress con­cerns and ques­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: pres­i­[email protected]­p­reser­va­tion­coun­


Lock Haven catcher Joey Car­da­mone of­fers a hand­shake to a Florida player who hit a home run in the 1948 Lit­tle League World Se­ries Cham­pi­onship game. Car­da­mone achieved in­ter­na­tional ac­claim for his “hand­shake of sports­man­ship.”

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