SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Coach Joe Higgins and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School hosted a ceremony and retired ace pitcher Ed Reilly's number 26.
Reilly, who passed away in 2019, was an important member of the great 1976 Union County and 1977 State Champion teams. After graduating from SPFHS, he was drafted by the LA Dodgers as a pitcher. Instead, he elected to take a full athletic scholarship from Seton Hall University and played baseball for the Pirates for four years. Reilly was later drafted by the Houston Astros and played in their minor league system.
Later, Reilly volunteered and coached youth baseball. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, and loved to go fishing with his son Dylan, who threw out the first pitch on Saturday.
If anyone doubted that Eddie Reilly's spirit was with the Raiders on Saturday, the team came from behind in the 7th inning and defeated visiting Union in the 8th.
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