Former athletes score big with awards

Dr. Tony Salem (left) and Harry Daut re­ceived the Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Award last week’s dur­ing the Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation meet­ing at Randi’s Res­taur­ant. (Tom War­ing)

Harry Daut and Dr. Tony Salem have re­ceived the Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Me­mori­al Award at the Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation meet­ing.

Daut played base­ball and bas­ket­ball at Frank­ford High School. He went on to play base­ball for Nativ­ity in the Pen-Del League and semi-pro foot­ball for Brides­burg Amer­ic­an Le­gion.

Later, he played fast-pitch soft­ball for Flatiron Ath­let­ic Club, a suc­cess­ful travel team. He played third base. He is a mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Soft­ball Hall of Fame.

Salem is a John­stown nat­ive who played bas­ket­ball, foot­ball and base­ball in high school. He went on to play foot­ball and base­ball at Johns Hop­kins Uni­versity, where he was stu­dent coun­cil pres­id­ent.

The New York Yan­kees, De­troit Ti­gers and Wash­ing­ton Sen­at­ors made him of­fers to play base­ball, but he de­cided to con­cen­trate on school­ing. He came to Phil­adelphia to at­tend med­ic­al school at Temple Uni­versity.

Today, he is an or­tho­ped­ic sur­geon at Holy Re­deem­er Med­ic­al Cen­ter. He was also the long­time team doc­tor for Chest­nut Hill Academy and Ne­sham­iny High School.

John­stown has honored Salem by giv­ing him the key to the city.

The Old­timers, a group of former ath­letes and of­fi­cials, meet four times a year at Randi’s Res­taur­ant & Bar, at 1619 Grant Ave. in Bustleton.

The Nov. 14 meet­ing at­trac­ted greats in­clud­ing Amer­ic­an League Most Valu­able Play­er Bobby Shantz, former Phil­lies out­field­er Doug Clem­ens and former pro foot­ball play­er Joe Scarp­ati.

Scarp­ati was pic­tured in the Oct. 29 is­sue of Sports Il­lus­trated as part of a story on kick­ers who share the NFL-re­cord by mak­ing a 63-yard field goal. Scarp­ati signed auto­graphs of the photo of him hold­ing for New Or­leans Saints kick­er Tom De­mp­sey, who made a 63-yarder in 1970.

The next Old­timers lunch­eon will be at noon on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 13, at Randi’s.

For more in­form­a­tion on the group, call Chuck Newns (215-612-0476), Ron Fritz (215-327-9086), Jack Purdy (215-968-0404) or Ron March (609-209-0849), or vis­it www.bat­sand­ ••

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