‘Oldtimers’ honor three athletes

Two former NFL play­ers and a vet­er­an ath­lete, coach and um­pire were honored two weeks ago at the Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation meet­ing at Randi’s Res­taur­ant & Bar in Bustleton.

Former Eagles de­fens­ive tackle Hol­lis Thomas, former Clev­e­land Browns and New Or­leans Saints punter George Winslow, and John McArdle, a col­lege base­ball um­pire and coach and former ath­lete at Chest­nut Hill Academy, were honored at the Feb. 13 lunch­eon.

The Eagles signed Thomas as an un­draf­ted free agent out of North­ern Illinois Uni­versity. He played for the Eagles from 1996 to 2005 and later spent time with the Saints, St. Louis Rams and Car­o­lina Pan­thers. Now 39, he ap­pears week­ends on Sports­Ra­dio WIP (94.1 FM).

Winslow, 49, grew up in Bustleton and played sports for Bustleton Boys Club, now called the Bustleton Bengals. He at­ten­ded La Salle High School, where he played foot­ball as a punter, kick­er and wide re­ceiv­er. He punted for the Uni­versity of Wis­con­sin be­fore trans­fer­ring to Vil­lan­ova Uni­versity after the death of his mom. He kicked for the Clev­e­land Browns in 1987 and the Saints in ’89. He was also in train­ing camp with the Buf­falo Bills. Sean Landeta, who punted for the Eagles and the Phil­adelphia Stars of the old US­FL, presen­ted Winslow with his plaque.

Ry­an Winslow, George’s son, is a seni­or at La Salle High. A punter/kick­er in foot­ball and cen­ter on the bas­ket­ball team, he has ac­cep­ted a schol­ar­ship to punt for the Uni­versity of Pitt­s­burgh.

McArdle, 58, grew up in Crispin Gar­dens. He was on the foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, wrest­ling and base­ball teams at Chest­nut Hill Academy. He went on to play catch­er and third base for Temple’s base­ball team. As a seni­or in 1977, he helped the Owls win the NCAA East­ern Re­gion­al and qual­i­fy for the Col­lege World Series.

His coach­ing ex­per­i­ence in­cludes 17 years as CHA’s bas­ket­ball coach, sev­en years as its base­ball coach and six years as a Temple as­sist­ant base­ball coach.

Today, he re­mains an as­sist­ant foot­ball coach at his high school alma ma­ter, which re­cently changed its name to Spring­side Chest­nut Hill Academy after a mer­ger with the neigh­bor­ing all-girls school. He’s worked at the school for 32 years and teaches phys­ic­al edu­ca­tion to ele­ment­ary school stu­dents.

Frank McArdle, John’s late fath­er, was pre­vi­ously honored by the Old­timers. The eld­er McArdle was founder of Crispin Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation.

The Old­timers, a group of former ath­letes and of­fi­cials, meet four times a year at Randi’s, at 1619 Grant Ave in Grant Plaza II.

Bobby Shantz, former Amer­ic­an League Most Valu­able Play­er, and former pro foot­ball play­er Joe Scarp­ati, were among those who at­ten­ded the lunch­eon. Scarp­ati is best known as the hold­er for Tom De­mp­sey’s NFL-re­cord 63-yard field goal in 1970.

The next Old­timers lunch­eon will be at noon on Wed­nes­day, May 8, at Randi’s. Fu­ture meet­ings will be on Aug. 14 and Nov. 13. 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 ••

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