2004-03-05 / Sports

Rockaway Cadets Celebrate Outstanding Achievements

Rockaway Cadets Celebrate Outstanding Achievements

Last month, the Rockaway Cadets Baseball Club, Inc. celebrated its sixteenth continuous year in amateur baseball with a gala affair at the El Caribe Caterers in Brooklyn. A large crowd of former players, former current coaches, and friends attended it. People traveled from various parts of the country to reminisce with their former teammates and friends. State senator Martin J. Golden presented a proclamation to the organization. Con gressmen Anthony Wiener address ed the gathering. Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Gov. George Pataki sent proclamations, and Sun day, February 8 was proclaimed Cadets baseball club day in the city of New York.

The Cadets are not only proud of their success on the field, but also in every day life. They have won many championships and have had many graduates go on to Major League Baseball. More importantly, they have an alumni consisting of professionals in the fields of engineering, law, medicine, and finance. Matt Galante of the New York Mets and Chairman of the Cadets Alumni Association spoke about their scholarship program and the Cadets commitment to education. Joe Torre, who spent his youth in a Cadet uniform, sent a congratulatory telegram on this special occasion.

Jim McElroy, Chairman of the Cadets Baseball Club, who was on the first Cadets team, was presented with an outstanding portrait of himself and the 1951 AAABA National; Cham pionship Team by Board members Jim Holzer and Gus Antico.

Board member Dan Brogan served as master of ceremonies assisted by Mike Taunton, Secretary of the club.

The Cadets motto since the organization’s inception in 1944 has been "good citizens tomorrow through clean sports today" which could not have been more evident than at this 60th Anniversary Reunion.

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