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Hot Stove Dinner

87th Union County Baseball Association “Hot Stove” Awards Dinner

The Union County Baseball Association will induct new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the organization’s 87th Annual Hot Stove awards dinner on Sunday, January 28, 2024, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark, New Jersey.

The dinner will begin with this year's featured guest speaker, former Major League Baseball player, Al Santorini.

This year's Union County Baseball Hall of Fame inductees include:

Brian Chapman, former assistant baseball coach at Cranford High School (1999-2010) and current head baseball coach at Millburn High School (2011-Present). Brian has amassed  a record of 267-82 including two Group IV State Titles, six Sectional Championships, five Conference Championships and two Greater Newark Tournament Titles.  In 2015, Brian was named the National High School Coach of the Year.    

Ryan Matlosz, a product of the UCBA Youth Baseball Program and graduate of Scranton University, where in his senior year was named Division III National Player of the Week.  In 2001, Ryan was selected All Conference and also MVP of the team.  After graduating from Scranton, Ryan began coaching baseball at Cranford High School.  He is presently the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach working alongside Cranford Head Coach, Dennis McCaffrey.

John Wagner, a product of the UCBA Youth Baseball Program who played with the famed Thomas & Betts team in the early 60’s.  John was a standout pitcher at Roselle Park High School, where he was recognized at the conference, county and state levels and was named All Conference and All-State (Group 1) in 1969. After his playing career was over, John began coaching the girls softball team at Roselle Park High School and in 18 seasons, John’s team won six sectional championships and John received the Coach of the Year Award four times.

In addition, a special tribute will be paid to the players of the 1982 Linden High School championship team under the leadership of Tony Picaro and the 1987 Roselle Park championship team, coached by the legendary Jack Shaw.

Other awards being given out at this year’s dinner include:

Joseph R. Lombardi Memorial Award for Outstanding Female Athlete of Union County

Chris Zusi Memorial Award for Outstanding Male Athlete of Union County

Union County Baseball Association Academic Scholarship

Sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Union County Board of Commissioners, the Hot Stove League awards dinner is the primary annual fund-raising effort for the Union County Youth Baseball Leagues. The summer and fall leagues have given more than 50,000 boys and girls an opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program for the past 80 years.

Tickets are available, and can be purchased online at the following website: Hot Stove Tickets

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