CLARK, NJ – Mark Teutsch of Elizabeth is one of three new Hall of Famers to be inducted by the Union County Baseball Association at the organization’s 81st annual Hot Stove awards dinner on Sunday, February 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark.
Teutsch, who pitched for St. Patrick’s High School and later in the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers organizations, is a 1974 graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth. He played baseball there from under the leadership of Coach John Sampson. St. Patrick’s won the Union County Tournament in 1974, when Mark had a 5-1 pitching record and batted .388 with two home runs. He was third in the county with 29 runs batted in.
After high school, Mark played for the Roselle American Legion team under the guidance of Coach Bob Catullo. Mark also played in the Union County League, the Twilight League, and with Woodbridge Recreation, the Westfield Merchants, and with the Elizabeth Colonials under Coach Lenny Green.
In 1978, Mark was signed as a pitcher by Minnie Minoso from the New Jersey Cubans Association for the Chicago White Sox. Mark pitched in the White Sox organization from1978 to 1982 and then in the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers organizations from 1983 to 84 before he sustained a foot injury and retired with a minor league record of 28-24 with 42 saves. Mark continues his involvement in baseball as a volunteer for the Elmora Youth Baseball League. He was inducted into the St. Patrick’s Hall of Fame in 2001, and was Assistant Varsity Coach at St. Patrick’s from 2006 to 11. Mark resides in Elizabeth and works with the Elizabeth Recreation Department.
The two other inductees are Greg Randazza of Clark, who pitched for Roselle Catholic High School, Elizabeth High School and Seton Hall University, and Ed Grzybowski of Linden, who won back-to-back state finals on the mound for Linden and later played for Kean University.
The Guest Speaker for the Hot Stove awards dinner will be Al Santorini, a graduate of Union High School, who pitched in six Major League seasons for the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sydney McLaughlin, a senior at Union Catholic of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, the youngest track and field Olympian in 44 years, will be presented with the Sydney McLaughlin with its Joseph Lombardi Memorial Award for the Outstanding Female Athlete of Union County. Before she competed at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last summer, she broke the national indoor record in the 400 hurdles and was named the 2016 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year.
Tickets for the 81st annual Hot Stove League awards dinner may be purchased online at www.UCBA-NJ.org or by writing to the Union County Baseball Association, PO Box 176, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023.
For more information call Jim Iozzi, UCBA president, at 908-917-2523.