Feb. 15, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Over 300 guests turned out for the first annual Saint Joseph's Baseball Lead-Off Dinner on Saturday, February 13 at the new Campion Banquet Facility on the SJU campus. Former Hawk pitcher and current Philadelphia Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer '85 was on hand to give the keynote address and be honored with the rest of the 1982 baseball team.
Also honored on Saturday night was John Smithson '68, former Hawk pitcher and current Interim Senior Vice President at Saint Joseph's. He was the first recipient of the Harry Booth '62 Award, to be given annually to a member of the Saint Joseph's baseball community who has made outstanding contributions through his or her passion for and dedication to the program.
The 1982 Hawk baseball squad notched a 20-6-1 record, posting a school record .769 winning percentage that still stands today. Members of the team in attendance included Tom Baschoff, Jim Cobb, Ed Dempsey, Tom Gallagher, Glenn Gamler, Garth Groman, Dom Lamberto, Mike McMahon, Moyer, Kevin Mullen, John O'Donnell, Neil Paternoster, and Lou Petrellis. Also in attendance was head coach George Bennett, joined by assistant coaches Mike Cooper and Rick Taylor.
The event, the first of its kind to be held in the new Campion Banquet Facility, also featured current Phillies broadcaster and former voice of the Hawk men's basketball team Tom McCarthy as the master of ceremonies. A video commemorating the highlights of the last century of diamond action at Saint Joseph's was shown as well.
In his remarks, Moyer reflected on his time at Saint Joseph's, telling a few stories and thanking the many people associated with the program during his tenure for the opportunity they had given him. It wasn't the first time he had thought of his former teammates during his career; in fact, he was grateful for his Hawk Hill experience even in the middle of the euphoria of winning the 2008 World Series with the Phillies.
"When we won this," he said as he displayed his World Championship ring, "you were in my thoughts."
At the conclusion of the event, current head coach Fritz Hamburg introduced the 2010 squad to the assembled supporters. Each attendee received a Saint Joseph's baseball cap with the "100 Years" logo emblazoned on the back.
The 2010 season begins on February 26 when the Hawks take the field at the Citadel Challenge. SJU faces off with The Citadel, Radford, and Marshall in Charleston, S.C.