SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) had its opening day parade and ceremony on April 11, 2015. Despite one of the worst winters in a generation, the baseball gods made sure there was plenty of shine and relatively warm weather for America’s Pastime.
South Plainfield’s Mr. Baseball Phil Aiello, Sr. was the master of ceremonies for the baseball club’s 62nd annual opening day. Players, coaches, parents, grandparents and members of the Borough’s Governing Body and emergency services marched from Roosevelt School to SPJBC Field #2.
South Plainfield resident Claire Mosier was the Parade Grand Marshall, and she threw out the celebratory 1st pitch. “I feel really honored to be the Grand Marshall,” said Mosier.
Mosier was an active member of the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club, and President of the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club’s Woman’s Auxiliary for 20 years beginning in the 1970’s.
In addition to the Grand Marshall award, the SPJBC handed out two “Lifetime Member Awards. Those awards were given to Jack Brady and John Polizzano. Brady was a member of the SPJBC Executive Board and an active member of the baseball club for the past 12 years, and Polizzano was a member of the Executive Board and former treasurer. Polizzano has been an active member of the SPJBC for close to 15 years.
South Plainfield Junior Baseball Commissioner Wendell Born selected Joe Romer to receive the 2015 Commissioners’ Award. According to Commissioner Born “Romer has been the guy behind the scenes doing the plaques and trophies for decades.” Romer was humbled by his selection and said “I want to thank the organization for all it does for South Plainfield’s kids, this is a great organization and I am just proud to be a part of it.”
Past SPJBC Board members Tom Scalera and Chris White also received past Board member awards. After the award ceremony Claire Mosier threw out the first pitch to Jake Jones to open the 2015 season.