By CHRIS BARBER
KENNETT SQUARE ó Donít look for the baseball season to begin quite yet, but to get in the spirit of the coming year The Kennett Square Old Timers group is having its annual banquet on Jan. 18 at the Kennett Fire Company Red Clay Room.
This year Phillies former All Star second baseman Mickey Morandini will be the speaker, with a question and answer period following his talk.
Morandini is most often remembered as the Phillies player who executed an unassisted triple play in 1992. It was a game against the Pirates, and he caught a line drive off Jeff King, touched second base to put out Andy Van Slyke, then tagged Barry Bonds, who was coming from first.
When the Phillies played in the 1993 World Series, he batter at the top of the lineup. He is known for his speed and his on-base slugging average.
Also at the banquet, several local athletes who excelled at baseball beyond their high school years will be inducted into the Old Timers Hall of Fame.
The Kennett Old Timers Association was created in 1974 through the efforts of a group of men who loved baseball, among them, the late Bat Burton of Burtonís Barbershop. It honors local, living players who have achieved success playing in high school, summer leagues, post high school and/or college.
The barbershop on State Street in the borough owned and operated by Bob Burton, the son of Bat, is a virtual baseball museum and the home of the Hall of Fame. Its walls are lined with pictures of local hall of fame inductees, and on the shelves are hundreds of autographed pictures, baseballs, bats and hats from not only local players but those from the big leagues as well.
The Old Timers Banquet begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $35 each from Burtonís Barbershop. Get your tickets by Jan. 6.