Oldtimers pay tribute to three great athletes

Con­nie New­man, Ruth Richard and Dave Rid­dick were honored at the most re­cent Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation meet­ing at Randi’s Res­taur­ant in Bustleton. (Tom War­ing)


The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation re­cently presen­ted the Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Me­mori­al Award to three in­di­vidu­als.

The honorees were Con­nie New­man, Dave Rid­dick and Ruth Richard. Each re­ceived a plaque.

The award is named in memory of the former Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and Temple Uni­versity bas­ket­ball star who died in a car ac­ci­dent in Flor­ida in 2006.

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

New­man was a star base­ball play­er at West Cath­ol­ic High School and La Salle Col­lege. He pitched in the St. Louis Car­din­als or­gan­iz­a­tion and threw bat­ting prac­tice for the Phil­lies for 12 years. He’s a mem­ber of the Delaware County Ath­letes Hall of Fame.

Rid­dick was an out­stand­ing semi-pro­fes­sion­al bas­ket­ball play­er for DeRuss Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Richard played wo­men’s base­ball from 1947-54, spend­ing her first year as an out­field­er with the Grand Rap­ids Chicks and the rest of her ca­reer as a catch­er with the Rock­ford Peaches, a team that was fea­tured in the 1992 film A League of their Own. She was billed at the time as among “The Na­tion’s Out­stand­ing Fem­in­ine Base­ball Stars.” She is the first wo­man honored by the Old­timers.

Among those at­tend­ing the lunch­eon were former Ma­jor League Base­ball pitch­er Bobby Shantz, former Temple men’s bas­ket­ball coach John Chaney and former Temple bas­ket­ball star Jay Nor­man.

Someone asked Chaney wheth­er he had con­grat­u­lated his old nemes­is, John Cali­pari, for coach­ing Ken­tucky to the NCAA cham­pi­on­ship last month. At a news con­fer­ence after a 1994 game between Temple and Mas­sachu­setts, where Cali­pari coached at the time, Chaney fam­ously threatened to “kill” Cali­pari.

“I wrote him a let­ter, and I told him it’s still go­ing to hap­pen. I’m go­ing to kick his a—,” Chaney joked.

The oth­er 2012 Old­timers meet­ings will be held on Aug. 8 and Nov. 14 at noon.

For more in­form­a­tion, 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.bat­sand­balls.org ••End­Frag­ment 

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