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.