Kennett Old Timers Baseball Banquet set for Jan. 20
● By Steven Hoffman
As 2018 arrives, optimism abounds for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team has a new manager, Gabe Kapler, a new potential all-star in Carlos Santana, and an exciting nucleus of young players led by Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, and Aaron Nola. So when Phillies color analyst Ben Davis serves as the guest speaker at the 2018 Kennett Old Timers Baseball Banquet, there will be plenty of talk about the upcoming baseball season.
The banquet will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square.
The highlight of the evening will be the induction of eight more local baseball players into the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are Jim Freeman, Steve Jewett, Darin Johnson, Bill Mac Pherson, Bob Nask, Chris Rosfelder, Joe Williamson, and Jeff Zona. Additionally, Tom Ogurcak will be presented with the Special Recognition Award.
Baseball has a long and rich history in Chester County, and the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association has been shining a spotlight on the best players in the area since the organization was founded more than four decades ago.
Steve Potter, a devoted baseball fan and a former vice president of the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association noted that Nask, Johnson and Williamson are all former players in the Kennett Men’s Senior Baseball League that he was involved with. He said that he's proud of the fact that this is the sixth year in a row that players from the Kennett Men's Senior Baseball League have been included in the induction class.
Doors open for the event at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for the banquet at Burton’s Barber Shop in Kennett Square or by mailing a check to Prissy Roberts at 233 North Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Each ticket costs $36. If mailing a check to Prissy Roberts, make it payable to Kennett Oldtimers Baseball Banquet and include a list of the attendees you are paying for so that seating charts can be made.