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Oldtimers honor pair during recent luncheon

Twice as nice: The Old­timers As­so­ci­ation hon­ors two re­cip­i­ents, Rich Li­p­in­ski (right) and the late Frank McArdle, rep­res­en­ted by his wife, Mickey (left). MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation, a group of former ath­letes and of­fi­cials, last week honored two people with the Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Award.

The honorees were play­ers/coaches Rich Li­p­in­ski and the late Frank McArdle.

Li­p­in­ski, a Frank­ford nat­ive and U.S. Army vet­er­an, has played bas­ket­ball, foot­ball, base­ball and soft­ball and com­peted in track and field over the years. He’s coached foot­ball and been a girls and adult fast­pitch soft­ball man­ager. His busi­ness, Arno Or­na­ment­al Iron, has sponsored teams for more than 45 years in the Far North­east and in over-50 and over-60 leagues.

Today, he is mar­ried with three grown chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren. He is the com­mis­sion­er of the Phil­adelphia Seni­or Soft­ball League and plays in the league. Any­one 58 or older is eli­gible to play. Call 215-537-0363.

McArdle, a Holmes­burg nat­ive, was rep­res­en­ted by his wife, Mickey, and son, John. He played foot­ball and base­ball at North Cath­ol­ic High School.

An ex­cel­lent cen­ter field­er, he played base­ball in the St. Louis Browns and Brook­lyn Dodgers or­gan­iz­a­tions.

Later, he was a co-founder of Crispin Gar­dens Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation. He man­aged Jen­k­in­town in the Pen-Del adult base­ball league. He also man­aged Crispin to All Amer­ic­an Am­a­teur Base­ball As­so­ci­ation na­tion­al cham­pi­on­ship tour­na­ments in De­troit and John­stown, Pa. He also served as a Phil­lies scout.

The Aug. 14 lunch­eon took place at Randi’s Res­taur­ant & Bar, at 1619 Grant Ave. in Grant Plaza II in Bustleton. It at­trac­ted dozens of former loc­al ath­letes and of­fi­cials.

Among those at­tend­ing the lunch­eon were Bobby Shantz, a former Amer­ic­an League Most Valu­able Play­er; Sean Landeta, who punted for the Phil­adelphia Eagles and Stars; Joe Scarp­ati, a former pro foot­ball play­er best known as the hold­er for Tom De­mp­sey’s NFL-re­cord 63-yard field goal in 1970; Doug Clem­ens, a former Phil­lies out­field­er; and Ruth Richard, who played wo­men’s base­ball from 1947-54.

The next Old­timers lunch­eons will be at noon on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 13, and Feb. 12, 2014. Lunch costs $11.

For more in­form­a­tion on the group, call Chuck Newns (215-612-0476), Ron Fritz (215-491-9380), Jack Purdy (215-968-0404) or Ron March (609-209-0849), or vis­it www.bat­sand­balls.org ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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