UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chair Al Mirabella and Freeholders Sergio Granados and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded joined Union County Baseball Association President Jim Iozzi in congratulating the new members inducted into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during the 83rd Annual Union County Baseball Association Hot Stove Awards Dinner in Clark.

Former Yankees and Mets player Willie Randolph was the guest speaker and enthralled attendees about his playing days as a member of the "Bronx Zoo" era Yankees of the mid 1970s, as well as his experience on the bench as a coach and later a manager of the Mets.

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

  • Rich Biddulph of Roselle,
  • Walter Podgurski (not pictured) of Union,
  • Chris Roof of Berkeley Heights (Scotch Plains resident), and
  • Tom Urban of Elizabeth.

The awards dinner is sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Since 1937, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner has been the primary fund-raiser for the UCBA’s summer and fall programs for young ballplayers.