Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association to honor ten local standouts
● By Steven Hoffman
The Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association Hall of Fame will welcome ten new inductees―one of its largest classes ever―at the organization's 39th banquet on Saturday, Jan. 19. Additionally, Larry Bosley, a Kennett Square real estate developer, entrepreneur, and former Kennett Consolidated School District superintendent, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his contributions to baseball and his lifelong love of the game. Tommy Greene, the former Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher and current pre-game and post-game analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia and WBCB 1490 Radio, will serve as the guest speaker for the event.
The highlight of each banquet is the induction of a new group of local baseball standouts. This year's inductees include Steve Burton, Jim DeCorso, Jock Hannum, Ed Kovatch, Steve “Monk” Melton, John Riccardo, David Senecal, Guy Taylor, Bob Warren and Jeff Wolf.
Like this year's group of inductees, Bosley loved baseball―and the game was always a part of his life. He grew up playing the game. As an adult, he coached little league, high school, and American Legion baseball in Bucks County in the 1960s and 1970s. The Falls American Legion squad won the state championship in 1968.
When Bosley and his family moved to Kennett Square in the summer of 1980, he began umpiring for the KAU Little League as well as the West Chester and Coatesville Adult Leagues. He coached in KAU for eight years before heading the Kennett Senior American Legion team for another eight years. His 1996 team won the Chester County Championship and finished third in the Pennsylvania Eastern Regional that year. While coaching for the Kennett American Legion, Bosley started the Junior American Legion Team for 13- to 15-year-olds. In total, he spent a better part of 40 years in and around the game.
Tommy Greene is making his second appearance at the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association banquet, having first appeared at the 2012 event. He was an integral part of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies team that is still beloved by fans for the improbable march to the World Series. Greene posted a 16-4 record that year, his best during his eight-year Major League career. As a former player on certainly one of the more interesting baseball teams ever assembled, Greene will have a lot of interesting stories to share. He is also well-informed about the current Philadelphia Phillies as a result of his job as a pre-game and post-game analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The banquet, which will be held at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square, begins at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Burton’s Barber Shop at 105 W. State St. in Kennett Square, or call 610-444-9964 for tickets or more information.
The Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association was created in 1974 through the efforts of Howard Lynn, Bat Burton, Donald McKay, Donnie Davenport, Lou Manfredi, John Moynihan, Gordon Farquhar and Joe Husband. The tradition has been carried on through the years by Bob Burton and volunteer organizer Prissy Roberts.