A Look Back on Opening Day 2012 for Toms River Little Leagues
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A little rain didn’t deter opening ceremonies for two Toms River Little League ceremonies. Toms River Township Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher and members of the Township Council visited both fields to help usher in the baseball season.
The Toms River Little League teams, who play on Mapletree Avenue, hosted a re-dedication for one of their fields, known as the Frank Simon Memorial Field. Simon was one of the original Toms River Little League Board Members and helped found the Little League.
Mark Angelo, Treasurer of the League said, “Frank Simon was a Coach, a Little League Member, a volunteer, and he helped start our minor league program during our first 10 years. Toms River Little League is now 59 years old.” At the ceremony, Angelo added, “We welcome the family of Frank Simon, Sharon and David, daughter and son…as we re-dedicate Simon Field in honor of your father.”
Proud son David Simon said, “This field looks nothing like it did when my father coached. There’s paved parking now, and the fields just look beautiful. This is a great thing for the kids.
After I stopped playing, my dad still wanted to coach and be involved with the Little League, so he coached and I was his assistant.”
Toms River Township Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher, Council President Maurice Hill and Councilman Jeff Carr assisted in the unveiling ceremony of the new sign, where onlookers applauded as the sign was revealed.
Over at the Toms River East Little League field on Windsor Avenue, a lengthy parade led into their opening ceremonies. One of the newest members of the game, five year old Christian Murtha, threw out the first pitch to one of the older members, 16 year old Jake Rickett.
Mayor Kelaher said, “It’s exciting to see to see the older boys welcoming in the new crop of Little Leaguers. Baseball has a longstanding tradition in Toms River and we’re hoping to see our teams in the playoffs again.”