Rich Carlucci – Audubon High School

Rich CarlucciPitcher – 1991

A 1975 graduate of Audubon HS, Rich was an outstanding right-handed pitcher in South Jersey from 1973 to 1975.Among his many honors was the distinction of having been selected to the All-South Jersey Team three times and All-State recognition in 1975. He twice won 13 games in a single season and his 1975 perfect record of 13-0 is one of the finest in South Jersey history.
After graduation, Carlucci passed up offers from major league scouts to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Iowa. His continued success there attracted the attention of the New York Yankees who signed him to a professional contract after his junior season. Rich spent ten years in the minor leagues, primarily at the AAA level, pitching for Syracuse, Indianapolis and other American Association teams. His career included seasons with Baltimore, Cincinnati, Toronto and the Phillies, in addition to the Yankees. He also played winter ball in Puerto Rico where he was named to the Puerto Rican League All-Star Team.
Carlucci retired form pro ball in 1987. He then graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1988 and practices his profession in the Atlantic City Area.

Joe Barth Sr. – Brooklawn American Legion Post 72

Joe Barth Sr.Coach – 1991

Joe just put the finishing touch on his 40-year career by leading his Brooklawn American Legion Post 72 team to its first National Championship. Playoffs and tournaments are not new to Joe. During his tenure, his teams have won 16 state championships and 4 regional titles. Four of his players have moved on to play in the major leagues while scores of others have contributed to the college game.
Barth’s love for the game has been enhanced by rumors of his financing teams from his own pocket. His players have often shown their appreciation for his contribution to their success by returning to thank him.
Joe was honored by the Camden County Hot Stovers when they selected him their first Coach-of-the-Year in 1984.

Ted Ford – Vineland High School

Ted FordOutfielder – 1991

Born in Richland, NJ on February 7, 1947, Ted attended Vineland High School where he played baseball, basketball and football. Ted, a pitcher/outfielder, was named to the 1963 All-Star Team at age 16 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Cumberland County Baseball League. He was the #1 choice of the Cleveland Indians and signed a professional contract in the spring of 1966. Except for a two-year interruption for a stint in the U. S. Army, Ford spent 1966 through 1969in the minors. He moved up with the Indians for part of the 1970 season, then again in 1971. Ted played with Texas for part of the 1972 season, then back with Cleveland in 1973. Ted owns a career .219 major league batting average in 240 games with 711 at bats.
Ford continues to live in the Vineland area and his complete biography appeared in the Spring 1990 issue of “South Jersey Magazine”.

Max Manning – Pleasantville High School

Max ManningPitcher – 1991

An exceptional high pitcher, Max was the first black player on a Pleasantville HS baseball team. He pitched for the varsity squad coached by the former Federal League player Ty Helfrich. When Max was a junior, he was pitching for Johnson’s All-Stars of Atlantic City, under the direction of John Henry “Pop” Lloyd. Manning went from the sandlots to the professional Negro League, when he joined the Newark Eagles in Northern NJ in 1939. With the Eagles from 1939 to 1948, except for 3 years in the U.S. Army, he compiled a 54-29 pitching record. Manning pitched the Newark Eagles to the championship of the 1946 Negro League World Series, with a 1-1 record. Max then pitched in the Cuban League from 1946-1949, compiling a 27-33 record.
A graduate of Glassboro State College, Manning went on to teach elementary school in Pleasantville for 28 years. While teaching, he supervised a local playground for 28 summers, giving baseball instructions and being a role model for the local youth.

Fred “General” Frett – Camden

Fred FrettContributor – 1991

In the Cramer Hill section of Camden for more than two decades, the name General Frett was synonymous with baseball. From a family of athletes covering three generations, General played both baseball and football despite a physical handicap resulting from a childhood illness. When he turned to managing and coaching, he embraced a career that few could match.
From the early 1940s his teams in the Camden City League and Camden County League were always a title threat. He won city league titles with Defiance I 1949, 1951, 1953 and 1954. Moving to M&S Machine in 1955 his team again prevailed. His crowning achievement, however, was the development of his final title team. Coming out of retirement in 1957, General put together a new team, Ackerle’s Bakery, that went on to win his final championship in 1959.
After that, General remained in his Cramer Hill neighborhood where he was born.

Tom Heinkel – Bishop Eustace Prep

Tom HeinkelInfielder – 1991

Tom Heinkel was a versatile athlete. He was a varsity starter in Baseball, basketball and football. As a baseball player he was at his best. Heinkel started in the outfield as a sophomore, moved to shortstop in his junior year, and then, as a senior to third base. In his senior year he hit .493 with an amazing 1.20 slugging percentage, hit a school record 13 home runs, 50 RBIs, also a school record, and scored 38 runs. He was equally effective in the post high school season as a starter for Joe Barth’s Brooklawn Legion team, helping them to the 1985 State Championship.
Tom was selected to the Olympic Conference Team in 1983, 1984 and 1985, All-South Jersey in ’84-’85, All-State in ’85. He was selected by the Camden County Hot Stovers to receive the first Billy Carty Memorial Scholarship in 1985.
Heinkel received a full scholarship for baseball to Villanova University and, after playing the fall schedule, was projected to be a starter as a freshman. However, his unfortunate death in the winter of 1986 ended, what was expected to be, a brilliant career.

Ed Keegan – Haddonfield High School

Ed KeeganPitcher – 1991

Ed Keegan’s high school career statistics speak for themselves. In three varsity seasons he was 26-2, allowing just 9 earned runs for a 3.73 ERA. In 169 innings he gave up just 69 hits while recording 297 strikeouts with only 57 walks.
Keegan signed with the Phillies in 1957 and, after a short period with the parent club, was sent to High Point in the Carolina League to finish the season. He started 1958 with Williamsport where he was 7-5 with an ERA of 3.20 and helped his team to a division championship. A call from the Phillies towards season’s end had him start games against the Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals. He was then sent to Kansas City, and after a few relief appearances was sent back to Philadelphia. He then was moved to Buffalo where he helped the team nail down the “Little World Series” in 1959.
In 1960, Keegan developed a shoulder problem in Spring Training and was later sent home for the season. After giving it another try in 1961, it was shown that the injury was not healed and was given his release. Ed then settled in Malaga, NJ where he spends much of his time coaching youngsters in the local recreational programs.

Reuben “Rube” Oldring – Shiloh

Rube OldringOutfielder – 1991

Born on May 3, 1884, “The Idol of the Left Field Stands” as he was affectionately known by the Philadelphia Shibe Park fans, began his professional career with the Hoboken, NJ team in 1904. In 1906 he moved to the Philadelphia Athletics where he played through the 1918 season. Rube was a member of the World Series championship teams of 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914 under legendary Connie Mack. He was instrumental in the defeat of the Chicago Cubs in the 1910 World Series, won in 5 games. Connie Mack, at dinners and baseball functions in following years, often referred to Rube as “the greatest left-fielder ever to play for me”.

Following his major league career, Rube managed in several minor league systems from 1919 through 1926. Returning to his Roadstown, Cumberland County home he coached the Shiloh team for two years. Oldring continued to unofficially coach and mentor thousands of Bridgeton Area youths for decades and an untold number of them owe their baseball skills to his teaching.
Rube died on September 9, 1961. His biography appeared in the Spring 1989 edition of “South Jersey Magazine”.

Herman “Hank” Greenberg – Audubon High School

Hank GreenbergCoach – 1991

Hank Greenberg coached at Audubon HS for 16 years. From 1961 to 1975 his teams were always competitive and frequently of championship caliber. During his reign, his teams amassed a record of 211 wins, 108 losses and 4 ties. Along the way he won seven conference championships, five sectional titles and one state championship in 1975. In 1973 they were state runner up. During his career at Audubon, Hank commanded the respect of his peers. He was the first public school coach to be named “Coach-of-the-Year” by the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association, and in 1985 was inducted into the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame.
Ill health forced Greenberg’s retirement from baseball in 1975, but he continued to teach at Audubon High School.