WEST ORANGE, NJ - Family and friends are invited to celebrate the return of West Orange’s 39th Annual Old Timer’s Day, which is being held at the historic Colgate Field on Sept. 12 at 12 p.m.

Each year, time stands still for a few hours as Old Timer's Day provides a sentimental setting for West Orange residents near and far to gather and recall their memories of Colgate Park, friendships made and held dear for lifetimes, and to honor the memory of those that have passed away.

“Hard to believe that this great event began 39 years ago in 1977,” said Bill Kehoe, director of the West Orange Recreation Department, in a committee testimonial. “We all owe so much to Joe Byrne, John Healy and the rest of the original committee for keeping the story of Colgate alive.”

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All are invited to attend. The festivities will begin at 12 p.m. with a batting practice. Greetings and introductions will start at 1 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 1:15 p.m. There will then be an exhibition baseball game, with the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Eddie Fairchild, at 2 p.m. And, rounding out the day will be a reunion at 3 p.m. at Connors Hall, Lourdes.

The 2015 honorees are: Ricky Buro, PJ McMahon*, Jimmy Laing, John O’Connor Jr, John Curry*, Mike Wilk*, Brian Murphy, Jimmy “JT” Tiernan, Bobby Bontempo, Jimmy Voelbel and Frank Eaton (*posthumous).

In case of inclement weather, the awards ceremony and reception will be held at 2 p.m. at Connors Hall. Those interested in attending are advised to contact the weather hotline for more information on the day of the event at 973-243-1115.