Oldtimers award athletes at meeting

The honorees: Pic­tured are (from left) Florence Simpson, Holly Schell, Jim Bruce and Frank Stein­er. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The Old­timers Bats and Balls As­so­ci­ation re­cently honored former ath­letes Jim Bruce and Frank Stein­er, along with col­lege soft­ball sen­sa­tion Holly Schell, 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, 1619 Grant Ave. in Grant Plaza II in Bustleton.

Mean­while, the Old­timers presen­ted a spe­cial award in memory of Larry Simpson, a former out­stand­ing soft­ball pitch­er from Port Rich­mond who is a mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Soft­ball Hall of Fame. Simpson, who also served as com­mis­sion­er of the Max My­ers Soft­ball League, died in April. His wife, Florence, and son, Larry Jr., ac­cep­ted the award.

Bruce, a North­east High School gradu­ate, starred in foot­ball, base­ball and soft­ball for many years.

Stein­er played base­ball at Fath­er Judge High School and later in the De­troit Ti­gers or­gan­iz­a­tion and in the Pen-Del League.

Schell, a gradu­ate of Paul VI High School in Had­don­field, N.J., was a four-year star in soft­ball at Im­macu­lata Uni­versity. As a seni­or, she was named Co­lo­ni­al States Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence Play­er of the Year. She owns many of the Mighty Macs’ of­fens­ive re­cords.

Schell gradu­ated with a 3.98 grade point av­er­age. She ma­jored in ele­ment­ary/spe­cial edu­ca­tion, with a con­cen­tra­tion in Eng­lish. She is an as­sist­ant coach at Swarth­more Col­lege. Ren­ee Clarke, the head coach at Swarth­more, at­ten­ded the Aug. 13 lunch­eon.

Schell of­fers private soft­ball les­sons. Call 856-889-4468 or email man­ager@wts­portscom­plex.com

The Wil­li­am “Pickles” Kennedy Award is named in memory of a former star bas­ket­ball play­er at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and Temple Uni­versity. Kennedy 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 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 Sean Landeta, who punted for the Phil­adelphia Eagles and Phil­adelphia Stars.

The Old­timers also are pro­mot­ing an up­com­ing am­a­teur box­ing show at Cannstat­ter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Ten bouts will take place on Fri­day, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Bouts will fea­ture Har­rowg­ate Box­ing Club vs. Holy Fam­ily Box­ing Club, of Bel­fast, North­ern Ire­land. Tick­ets cost $25 in ad­vance and $30 at the door.

Call John Galla­gh­er at 215-465-1778 or Char­ley Sgrillo at 267-237-0746.

The next Old­timers lunch­eon will be at noon on Wed­nes­day, 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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