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Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame dinner, induction coming in March

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Honoring those who have contributed to Malden baseball; first LEGACY inductee, Bob Rotondi


By Jason Mazzilli


When its creation was first announced back in October, the news brought the large audience at the annual Malden Babe Ruth awards dinner to its feet, with some thunderous applause. Now, its first-ever event is just weeks away from arrival. The inaugural Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 7 at the Malden Moose Hall at 562 Broadway, Malden. There will be a social reception from 6:00-6:45 p.m., a photo session with inductees and their families from 6:45-7:00, with an Italian-themed buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

The Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame will honor those who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions to furthering and promoting the sport of baseball in Malden through the years. Recognition and enshrinement in the MBL Hall of Fame may also include an exceptional individual, group or team whose performance on the baseball diamond – at any or multiple levels – has been lasting and memorable.

Malden High School baseball coach Steve Freker announced at the Malden Babe Ruth Baseball Banquet in October that the Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame has been founded and additional big news that the first “Legacy Inductee” in the new Hall of Fame’s history would be Bob Rotondi. The baseball legacy of Bob Rotondi extends back to the 1950s, when he began his coaching career as manager of the Little League Rifles. He then continued in the managerial ranks with the Malden Babe Ruth League for 13–15-year-olds in 1960 and continued to the present day, where he still serves as manager of the Malden BRL Knights. That is nearly 70 years associated with Malden baseball, all told, for the soon-to-be-85-year-old Rotondi.

In addition to Bob Rotondi, there will be seven other charter members of the Malden Baseball LEGACY Hall of Fame. The other selectees will be announced in next week’s edition of the Malden Advocate (on Friday, February 2).

Ticket and other information on what is being billed as “The Biggest Night in Malden Baseball History” will also appear in next week’s Malden Advocate. Stay tuned, Malden baseball supporters and “Congratulations, Bob!”

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