PHOENIXVILLE - The late Orioles manager Denise Kuleski was remembered during a special ceremony as the Phoenixville Babe Ruth League opened the 2013 season on Saturday, April 20, at deSanno Field, located at Wheatland and Mason streets.
Kuleski, who died during the offseason after a bout with pancreatic cancer, spent 16 years working at PBRL managing the Orioles and also all-star teams at the circuit. She also served as league secretary. A lifelong Phoenixville resident, Kuleski worked fulltime as a teacher in the Pottstown School District. She passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
A sign with Kuleski's uniform number 22 was retired and unveiled on the left field fence as a tribute to her memory. The name Denise 'Dee' Kuleski is on the banner. Orioles players will also wear black patches on their uniforms. Kuleski's jersey hung in the dugout as the Orioles met the Indians in the first game of a tripleheader to kick off the season.
Sister Sharon Kuleski and close friend Cheryl Kennedy threw out the ceremonial first pitches to former Orioles players Joe Little Jr. and Ryan Yenchick.
Current Orioles players Josh Watson (number 11) and James Carnevale (number 2) took part in the banner ceremony in the outfield.
Orioles coaches Dr. Andy Timar, a chiropractor, and Joe Little Sr. spoke during the Kuleski tribute.
Dave White is commissioner of the PBRL.
Due to heavy rain last Friday, league volunteers had to work diligently from 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to make the field playable by 11 a.m.
Results of the games thus far: April 20-Orioles 7, Indians 2; Cardinals 8, Red Sox 6; Braves 11, Athletics 7; April 21-Cardinals 5, Athletics 2; Indians 4, Braves 2; Red Sox 10, Orioles 5.