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Oldtimers honor four at luncheon

The honorees: (From left) Dick Con­nolly, Bobby Kennedy, Vince Pap­ale and Rick­ie Ri­cardo (not pic­tured) were re­cently honored by the Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation.

The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation earli­er this month honored four people with the Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Award.

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

Earn­ing the award were Vince Pap­ale, Dick Con­nolly, Bobby Kennedy and Rick­ie Ri­cardo.

Pap­ale played for the Eagles from 1976-78 and was the in­spir­a­tion for the 2006 movie In­vin­cible.

Con­nolly is a La Salle High School and Temple Uni­versity gradu­ate who was the head base­ball coach at Frank­ford High School. He led the Pi­on­eers to a vic­tory over St. James in the 1972 city cham­pi­on­ship game. Some of the play­ers from that team at­ten­ded the lunch­eon. Con­nolly was also an as­sist­ant foot­ball coach at Frank­ford un­der Al An­gelo and as­sist­ant bas­ket­ball coach un­der Wal­ter Bahr.

Kennedy plays Chal­lenger Base­ball and has been the base­ball pitch counter at Pen­nridge High School for sev­en years. He’s also the hon­or­ary cap­tain of the Pen­nridge base­ball team, and is a big fan of all Phil­adelphia sports teams.

Ri­cardo is a WIP (94 FM) per­son­al­ity and the Span­ish lan­guage broad­caster for the Phil­lies and Eagles.

The 2014 Old­timers lunch­eons will be at noon on the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­days: Feb. 12, May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12.

For in­form­a­tion on the group, call 215-612-0476 or vis­it www.bat­sand­balls.org ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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