Oldtimers Association honors three former athletes

Time­less tal­ents: The Old­timers gave awards to Thomas Short, John Press (cen­ter) and Bill Siegle (right) on May 14 at Randi’s Res­taur­ant. Mil­lie Short (left) ac­cep­ted the award for her late hus­band. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation last week honored former ath­letes John Press, Bill Siegle and the late Tom Short 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.

Press starred in base­ball and foot­ball for sev­er­al Ta­con­yarea teams and also played base­ball in the U.S. Army.

Siegle, a May­fair nat­ive who lives in Holmes­burg, was a standout in foot­ball and base­ball. In 1946, he was an all­Pop Warner Con­fer­ence half­back in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion. He later be­came an ex­cel­lent golfer.

Short, who died last month at age 78, gradu­ated from As­cen­sion of Our Lord Gram­mar School and was a firstteam AllCath­ol­ic League bas­ket­ball se­lec­tion at North Cath­ol­ic High School in 1953. In a game in the Mc­Veigh Seni­or Bas­ket­ball League, he scored 102 points in a 12043 vic­tory by Mackin A.A. over Tioga A.A. He also played bas­ket­ball and base­ball over­seas while in the U.S. Army. His fa­vor­ite times were play­ing sports with his child­hood friends who lived near Kens­ing­ton and Al­legheny av­en­ues.

The award is named in memory of Kennedy, who starred in bas­ket­ball at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School. After his play­ing days at Temple, he spent a year with the NBA’s Phil­adelphia War­ri­ors, then played minor league base­ball for sev­er­al years in the Pitt­s­burgh Pir­ates or­gan­iz­a­tion.

Among those at­tend­ing the May 14 lunch­eon were Bobby Shantz, a former Amer­ic­an League Most Valu­able Play­er; Joe Scarp­ati, a former pro foot­ball play­er best known as the hold­er for Tom De­mp­sey’s then-NFL-re­cord 63-yard field goal in 1970; and Doug Clem­ens, a former Phil­lies out­field­er.

The next Old­timers lunch­eons will be at noon on the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­days: Aug. 13 and Nov. 12. Lunch costs $11.

For 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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