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Hot Stove Dinner

The Union County Baseball Association will induct new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame at the organization’s 83rdnannual Hot Stove awards dinner on Sunday, February 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark, New Jersey.

UPDATE: Due to a family emergency, Dwight "Doc" Gooden will be unable to speak at the dinner. As a replacement for Doc, former Major League Baseball Player Willie Randolph will be the guest speaker.

The four new Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Chris Roof of Scotch Plains. Roof was a standout player at Gov. Livingston High School and Montclair State University. He is entering his 19th season as skipper at Gov. Livingston, where he has compiled 369 career victories; won two state titles and a pair of Union County Tournament crowns in his tenure.

Tom Urban of Elizabeth, a varsity infielder at Thomas Jefferson High School, baseball coach in Elizabeth and at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, and director of the Union County Baseball Association Summer and Fall leagues.

•Rich Biddulph of Roselle, an All-State catcher for Roselle Catholic High School and longtime coach of American Legion Baseball teams in Cranford and Roselle.

•Walter Podgurski of Union, an All-State second baseman for the Farmers, who went on to play for the University of Pennsylvania and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins.

Scholastic athletes from throughout Union County also will be honored at the afternoon awards ceremonies on Feb. 10 for their accomplishments in high school, college and Union County Youth Baseball leagues. Among these honorees will be Luis Amaro of Roselle Park; Jamie Belfer and Danny Serretti, both of Berkeley Heights; and Ed Kushner of Linden.

Sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 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 40,000 boys and girls an opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program for the past 70 years.

Tickets can be purchased online or by downloading and mailing the table reservation form to the Union County Baseball Association, Box 176, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023.

Journal ads can also be purchased online or by downloading and mailing the journal ad form.

For more information call Jim Iozzi, UCBA president, at 908-917-2523.

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