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Old-timers group presents honors

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The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation last week presen­ted its Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Me­mori­al Award to a long­time vol­ley­ball of­fi­cial and a suc­cess­ful fast-pitch soft­ball team.

Kennedy was a former star bas­ket­ball play­er at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and Temple Uni­versity, where he helped the team reach the Fi­nal Four. He went on to play one sea­son with the Phil­adelphia War­ri­ors in the NBA and sev­er­al years of minor league base­ball in the Pitt­s­burgh Pir­ates or­gan­iz­a­tion.

Somer­ton’s Jack Newns won the award for his many years as a pro­fes­sion­al vol­ley­ball ref­er­ee, com­mis­sion­er, cer­ti­fied na­tion­al score­keep­er and ad­min­is­trat­or.

Flatiron Ath­let­ic Club also won the award for its more than 25 years as a soft­ball power­house. The team, ini­tially made up of teen­agers, star­ted play­ing in 1953 in a De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation League at a field at Fifth Street and Al­legheny Av­en­ue.

As the play­ers be­came young men, the team moved its home base to Max My­ers Play­ground, play­ing there from 1959-79. In the early 1970s, the team name was changed to Third Base Bar. Oak­land Cemetery was the spon­sor for the fi­nal four years.

A dozen former play­ers, in­clud­ing Ed Hengy, an ori­gin­al team mem­ber, at­ten­ded the May 11 ce­re­mony. Hengy was the catch­er for the late le­gendary pitch­er George Ulmer.

Flatiron won sev­en Cent­ral At­lantic Re­gion­al cham­pi­on­ships — in 1960-63, ’66, ’68 and ’70. The team’s highest fin­ish in a world cham­pi­on­ship tour­na­ment was fourth.

Oth­er high­lights in­cluded play­ing games at Con­nie Mack Sta­di­um.

The Old­timers meet four times a year, on the second Wed­nes­day of the month, for lunch at Randi’s Res­taur­ant & Bar at 1619 Grant Ave. in Bustleton.

The next meet­ings are sched­uled for Aug. 10, Nov. 9 and Feb. 8 at noon.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Chuck Newns (215-612-0476), Ron Fritz (215-491-9380), Jack Purdy (215-968-0404) or Ron March (856-589-5223).

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