CLARK, NJ – The Union County Baseball Association will induct four new members into the Union County (UC) Baseball Hall of Fame at the organization’s 84th annual Hot Stove League Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark.

“We have a special program planned for this year’s awards dinner, beginning with our featured speaker, former New York Mets outfielder, Mookie Wilson,” said Jim Iozzi, UCBA president. “In addition, special tribute will be paid to the players and coaches from the Elmora Youth League, who brought honor and excitement to the residents of Elizabeth, Union County, and the state of New Jersey this past season by finishing as a top-four team in the country at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.”

The four new inductees into the UC Baseball Hall of Fame include:

  • Jim Dietz of Summit, an All-American catcher at Moravian College (and starting quarterback) and minor leaguer with the Philadelphia Phillies, who returned to Summit to teach math and coach baseball and football for more than 30 years;
  • Al Mirabella of Fanwood, a Union County Freeholder since 1998 and five-time Chairman of the Board, who has been a longtime advocate for youth baseball leagues and other recreational opportunities throughout Union County;
  • Gene Mirabella of Roselle Park, an outstanding high school wrestler, AllState pitcher, and captain of the football team, whose pitching success at Brookdale College earned him Region 19 Tournament MVP and Pitcher of the Year, and a stint in the minors with the Cleveland Indians;
  • Karen Pedersen, formerly of Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains, the longtime Secretary of the UC Baseball Association, who has helped administer the numerous activities of the UCBA for decades. Scholastic athletes from throughout Union County also will be honored at the afternoon awards ceremonies for their accomplishments in high school, college and UC Youth Baseball leagues.

Tickets for the Hot Stove League awards dinner can be purchased online at www.UCBA-NJ.org or AT THE DOOR?. Sponsored by the UC Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hot Stove League awards dinner is the primary annual fund-raising effort for the Union County Youth Baseball Leagues. The summer and fall leagues have given more than 40,000 boys and girls an opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program for the past 70 years.