SPFBL Celebrates 60th Year at Booth Field in Scotch Plains

"Booth Field Family Photo" Credits: Michael Bruchert
Kyle Sellinger delivers Credits: Michael Bruchert
Young Ballplayers on Opening Day at Booth Field Credits: Michael Bruchert
Ken Booth, son of SPFBL founder Herb Booth, and Neil Kaufman, current president of SPFBL. Mr. Booth, who played on the championship team in 1955, the league's first year, was presented with a lifetime key to Booth Field, home of SPFBL.
Ken Booth shows the form he had 60 years ago at what is now called Booth Field. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover throws out first pitch. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr throws out a first pitch. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Bates boys are ready to play ball
Neil Kaufman, Vincent Rettino and Rob Christensen display Sponsor of the Year award, which went to Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Ken Geissel wins Distinguished Service Award. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Park Middle School Band plays Take Me Out to the Ball Game Credits: Michael Bruchert
Anthony DiNizo, Spencer Vaughn, Connor Perry Credits: Michael Bruchert
Patrick Mochnal, the David Ferro Sportsmanship Award winner. Credits: Michael Bruchert
Go Muckdogs! Credits: Michael Bruchert
SPFBL girls are stylin' Credits: John Mooney
Sue DiNizo, Neil Kaufman, Antony DiNizo (MVP winner), Ken Booth, and Frank DiNizo Credits: Michael Bruchert
#1 Ritchie Gatens-Dandrilli  Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday under sunny skies and perfect spring temperatures. Nearly 1,000 young athletes and VIPs that included Ken Booth, who was presented a lifetime key to Booth Field, which was named after his father, Herb, were on hand.

Awards were presented to Sponsors of the Year: Darrow's and Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill, the James P. Sochan MVP Award winner Anthony DiNizo, James P. O'Brien Sportsmanship Award winners Spencer Vaughn and Connor Perry, and Patrick Mochnal, who won the David Ferro Sportsmanship Award.

Community participation played a big part in the festivities. Attendees included Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who threw out ceremonial first pitches, Union County Freeholder/Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella, Fanwood Recreation Director Bob Budiansky, and Scotch Plains Recreation Commissioner Mike Walsh. Park Middle School band played the National Anthem and Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

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