Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, the youngest track and field Olympian in 44 years, will be honored by the Union County Baseball Association at the organization’s 81st annual Hot Stove awards dinner on Sunday, February 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at The Gran Centurions in Clark, New Jersey.
Other scholastic athletes being honored at the afternoon ceremonies on Feb. 12 are Taylor McLaughlin, a graduate of Union Catholic High School, Gianna Randazza of Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, and Chris Rinaldi of Westfield High School.
The UCBA will induct Mark Teutsch of Elizabeth, Greg Randazza of Clark, and Ed Grzybowski of Linden into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame during the award ceremonies.
The Guest Speaker for the Hot Stove awards dinner will be Al Santorini, a graduate of Union High School, who pitched in six Major League seasons for the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association, in cooperation with the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hot Stove League awards dinner is the primary annual fund-raising effort for the Union County Youth Baseball Leagues. The summer and fall leagues have given more than 40,000 boys and girls an opportunity to participate in an organized baseball program for the past 69 years.