PHOENIXVILLE - Late Phoenixville Babe Ruth League commissioner David G. White was honored for his many years of dedicated service to the organization as the league began its 62nd year on April 12 at deSanno Field.
White, who handled numerous jobs in the league, served from 1977 until his passing on Dec. 1, 2013. A sign bearing his name was made and will hang at the field entrance at Wheatland and Mason streets.
White’s tasks included working on the field, coaching, announcing, doing the scoreboard, keeping statistics, coordinating umpires, scheduling and rescheduling games and just making sure the league had everything it needed for the day-to-day operations, Dr. Andy Timar, secretary/treasuer, said in his remarks about White prior to three games that were played on opening day.
Four league officials, Timar, Gene Bernat, John Vondercrone and Ron Cimino, were honored for 10 or more years of service to the league. Their names will be added to the plaque outside the press box, which will now be known as the “David G. White Press Box,” following a unanimous vote by the league, its elected officers, officials, board members and volunteers.
The first game of the season pitted the Indians and Braves.
Other league officials include John Coll, president; and Bob Ulisny, commissioner.
“So far, I think we’re doing OK,” said Coll. “Everybody has pitched in, and we’re ready for the season.”
Some 105 boys will be playing in the league this year as the numbers are on the rise for the 13-15-year-olds. Seven teams will be playing games since one new team, the Giants, has been added to the group.
Coll said all seven teams will be in the playoffs under a new format with the top team receiving a first-round bye.
Also, besides sponsoring the Phoenixville Senior American Legion team, 13 Prep and 14-15 Junior Legion, the PBRL will offer a Sandlot team in its program this year because of the increase in numbers.
“The demographics are good, and we hope that translates up,” said Coll. “The kids are there and we’re excited about it.”