The Kennett Square Old Timers will honor seven outstanding baseball players into their family at a Jan. 16 ceremony. The annual event highlights the lives and athletic achievements of men who excelled beyond the high school and college level in America's National Pastime.

This year, the new crop of inductees will feature four players who had their roots at Avon Grove High School, and three who hailed from Kennett.

The evening will also include a silent auction of baseball memorabilia, a raffle, and speaker Ricky Bottalico, who is an ESPN Phillies commentator and former pitcher for the team. It will be held at the Kennett Fire Co. Red Clay Room.

The event, now in its 30th year, is based in Burton's Barbershop in Kennett Square, a virtual museum of baseball relics and photographs commemorating local and big league players.

This year's inductees include the following:

N Elmer Paisley of Leipsic, Del., a former Avon Grove High School outfielder who also player American Legion ball and coached Little League.

N Austin Maxwell of Olney, Md., a 1970 Avon Grove graduate who made the Kutztown State College varsity baseball team as a walk-on. While in the Navy, he played on numerous teams as well as on the Marine All-Star Softball Team from Parris Island, South Carolina.

N Howard "BoBo" Pierce of Wilmington pitched for Avon Grove High School and was known fro his curveball and knuckleball. He also played on the Chatham baseball team, the Kennett Square American Legion and Andrews Bridge on Route 896. He received offers to play for the Phillies Farm League and the Boston Braves.

N Garry White of West Grove, who also played for Avon Grove High School, was involved with Little League, Legion Ball and Babe Ruth League teams as well. He went to the playoffs at Barger, Maine, and lost the last game before the state championships.

N Merrill "Cubby" Myers of Kennett Square played for Kennett High School as well as the KAU Little League, the Babe Ruth League and American Legion ball. He also played for the Grey Sox, the Brandywine and Colonial-Wallace semi-pro league and two years at West Chester State College. He was invited to Philadelphia Phillies spring training in 1980.

N Richard Tice of Severna Park, Md., played catcher and outfield baseball for Kennett High School as well as Little League, Babe Ruth League and Teeners League. In college and high school he was captain of his teams. He earned honors for his baseball prowess during college and was named to the 1970 "Outstanding College Athletes of America."

Bob Dickens of Smithfield, N.C., graduated from Kennett High School and played on its 1971 league championship baseball team. During the playoff game with Octorara, he hit the extra inning home run to win the game. He played baseball in the Coatesville adult league and the West Chester adult league.

The Old Timers dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennett Fire Co. Red Clay Room. Ticket price is $35. Get tickets at Burton's Barbershop or call 610-444-9964.

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