KENNETT SQUARE—The 39th annual Old Timers Hall of Fame will honor Kennett Square real estate developer, entrepreneur and former Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Larry Bosley for his lifetime love of and contributions to baseball.
He will be recognized at the banquet in the Kennett Square Fire Company Red Clay Room on Saturday, Jan. 19, along with 10 local “old timer” baseball players.
Baseball has always been part of Bosley’s life.
After playing in his youth, he began coaching at the Little League, high school and American Legion level in Bucks County in the 1960s and 1970s. There he won the 1968 state championship with Falls American Legion.
When Bosley moved to Kennett Square in the summer of 1980, his interest in baseball moved with him. He began umpiring for KAU Little League as well as the West Chester and Coatesville adult leagues.
He also coached in KAU for eight years before heading the Kennett Square American Legion team for another eight years.
His 1996 team won the Chester County championship and finished third in the Pennsylvania Eastern Regional that year.
While coaching the Kennett American Legion, Bosley started the Junior American Legion team for 13 to 15-year-olds.
All in all, he spent the better part of 40 years in and around the game.
An ardent Phillies fan, Bosley said he likes baseball because it is an individual and a team sport at the same time.
“In today’s society, there are people who think it’s boring. But that’s because they don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
At this year’s banquet, the Old Timers will also induct 10 men who have excelled in baseball at the high school level and beyond. They are Steve Burton, Jim DeCorso, Jock Hannum, Ed Kovatch, Steve “Monk” Melton, John Riccardo, David Senecal, Guy Taylor, Bob Warren and Jeff Wolf.
The guest speaker will be former Phillies pitcher and current pre/post game analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia and WBCB Radio Tommie Greene.
The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Burton’s Barber Shop at 105 W. State St. in Kennett Square, or call 610-444-9964.
The Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association was created in 1974 through the efforts of Howard Lynn, Bat Burton, Donald McKay, Donnie Davenport, Lou Manfredi, John Moynihan, Gordon Farquhar and Joe Husband. Through the years, many of the founders have passed away, but the tradition has been carried on by barber shop owner Bob Burton and volunteer organizer Prissy Roberts.