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This was the first time I have attended Squirrel Hill Baseball's PNC Park Day. What a fun time! It was quite a beautiful late October day. We could even shed our coats for an hour!

Recognition was given first to the winning teams from the Spring, Summer and Fall Divisions. Next were individual awards, given to players, who exhibited various qualities, such as playing skills, determination, and most importantly, sportsmanship.

There was also a very special recognition given to Neal Topper, who has been Randy Frankel's right hand man for 5 years. Neal will be leaving tomorrow morning, heading to Colorado to start a new life there. We will miss you Neal! (If anyone is interested in showing their appreciation to Neal for all he has done over the years, a baseball parent has volunteered to collect checks as a going away gift for Neal, and will be forwarding them on to him in Colorado. Please email me for more information.)

Several other special awards were given out to parents and adults. Including Corey O'Connnor, who received not only Coach of the Year, but also fittingly, was the first ever recepient of the Bob O'Connor Lifetime Service Award!

Congratulations to everyone!

To conclude the ceremonies, the late Mayor Bob O'Connor was remembered in a very moving tribute. It was beautifuly done, complete with footage of Bob throwing out opening pitches, as well as photos with his children as they were growing up. Great job folks who put this together! Everyone was very moved, as I'm sure was the entire O'Connor family who was in attendance. (I even heard one person remark that it was Bob, up above, who shined his special smile down on PNC Park today - and helped give us such beautiful weather!)

I apologize for this gallery being a little heavy on the Mervis Family! What can I say....I'm a mom!

Please contact me if you would like copies of any of these photos. I didn't start out thinking I would attempt to document the entire day. But decided part way through to try to capture all the key events. Please forgive me if I don't have your name listed below each photo. I know some of the children more than others, and wanted to get these photos posted asap.

And lastly, many many thanks to Randy, Neal, and all the commissioners and coaches, and everyone else behind the scenes - for a wonderful year!

~Enjoy!

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0003 Sawyer wondering why we're here!.jpg
0003 Sawyer wondering why we're here!.jpg
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0009 Ben is always so nice to Sawyer!.jpg
0009 Ben is always so nice to Sawyer!.jpg
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0011 Neal Topper receiving his plaque.jpg
0011 Neal Topper receiving his plaque.jpg
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0020 Corey O'Connor.jpg
0020 Corey O'Connor.jpg
0021 Ground Crew Award!.jpg
0021 Ground Crew Award!.jpg
0022 Hunter & John getting MVP.jpg
0022 Hunter & John getting MVP.jpg
0023 Not sure why Hunter is in a hood & not his hat!.jpg
0023 Not sure why Hunter is in a hood & not his hat!.jpg
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0039.jpg  Brandon is the kind of kid that you can't help rooting for, even when he is playing against you.
0039.jpg "Brandon is the kind of kid that you can't help rooting for, even when he is playing against you.
0040 Brandon is such a sweet kid.jpg
0040 Brandon is such a sweet kid.jpg
0041.jpg  Brandon's positive attitude helped both him and his FL teammates have a very successful Fall season.
0041.jpg "Brandon's positive attitude helped both him and his FL teammates have a very successful Fall season."
0042.jpg  Benny was always eager to practice and play, regardless of the situation, or position his coaches asked him to play.
0042.jpg "Benny was always eager to practice and play, regardless of the situation, or position his coaches asked him to play.
0043.jpg  Benny was always gracious, respectful, and upbeat in both winning and losing situations.
0043.jpg "Benny was always gracious, respectful, and upbeat in both winning and losing situations."
0044 Our next award is for determination.  We would all agree that baseball can be a frustrating and intimidating game...
0044 "Our next award is for determination. We would all agree that baseball can be a frustrating and intimidating game..."
0045 But imagine yourself as the youngest person in the league, facing pitchers who are 4 yrs older...
0045 "But imagine yourself as the youngest person in the league, facing pitchers who are 4 yrs older..."
0046  It truly takes a lot of determination to hang in there, esp. after you get plunked by a wild fast ball...
0046 "It truly takes a lot of determination to hang in there, esp. after you get plunked by a wild fast ball...
0047 Our determination award winner has stood up to these challenges & maintained the highest level of effort & enthusiasm...
0047 "Our determination award winner has stood up to these challenges & maintained the highest level of effort & enthusiasm..."
0048 Congratulations to Ivy Mervis  (She'll NEVER forget this moment!!!)
0048 "Congratulations to Ivy Mervis" (She'll NEVER forget this moment!!!)
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0050 Congrats Ivy & Ben!
0050 Congrats Ivy & Ben!
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0072 Yeah Max (our neighbor) and Matt!
0072 Yeah Max (our neighbor) and Matt!
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0076 Mom of the Year award!
0076 Mom of the Year award!
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0082 The end of a very moving tribute to Bob O'Connor.jpg
0082 The end of a very moving tribute to Bob O'Connor.jpg
0083 Followed up with Zambelli fireworks!.jpg
0083 Followed up with Zambelli fireworks!.jpg
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0087 Sq. Hill parents congratulating Corey O'Connor.jpg
0087 Sq. Hill parents congratulating Corey O'Connor.jpg
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0089 Steve wishing Neal the best...
0089 Steve wishing Neal the best...
0090 Randy and Corey
0090 Randy and Corey
0091 Randy, Corey and Craig
0091 Randy, Corey and Craig
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0094 I can never get my own son to smile for me!.jpg
0094 I can never get my own son to smile for me!.jpg
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0099 Neal and my husband
0099 Neal and my husband
Neal and his Soy Soy - Buddies Forever!
Neal and his Soy Soy - Buddies Forever!
0101  Hey Mom - look what I won!
0101 Hey Mom - look what I won!
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0103 May mount this in the snack bar next year - w/ the word 'Please' to remind all the kids of their manners!
0103 May mount this in the snack bar next year - w/ the word 'Please' to remind all the kids of their manners!
0104 Sawyer waiting for his award...
0104 Sawyer waiting for his award...
0105 Didn't get John and Hunter earlier....
0105 Didn't get John and Hunter earlier....
0106 What a beautiful day....
0106 What a beautiful day....
0107  What a beautiful park!
0107 What a beautiful park!
0108 Neal never missing a chance to help out.
0108 Neal never missing a chance to help out.
0109 We sure will miss you Neal!
0109 We sure will miss you Neal!
0110 Randy & John (bad lighting - sorry guys!)
0110 Randy & John (bad lighting - sorry guys!)
0111 Rachel and Neal
0111 Rachel and Neal
0112 Final farewell  :(
0112 Final farewell :(
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0114 Thanks PNC!
0114 Thanks PNC!
0115 Baby Sawyer....
0115 Baby Sawyer....
0116 w/ his Baby of the Year Award!
0116 w/ his Baby of the Year Award!
0117 and finally...Bo - Sq. Hill Dog of the Year!
0117 and finally...Bo - Sq. Hill Dog of the Year!
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