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Armstrong honored by PONY baseball

August 13, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

Al Armstrong has worked as a field director in the PONY Baseball organization for nearly 40 years.

And if he had his way, he'd work for 40 more.

Armstrong, 82, was instrumental in the growth of PONY Baseball in the area throughout the past half-century and in honor of his dedication, he was recognized with the PONY Wall of Fame Award.

The award, given to those making significant contributions at a local league level or a national level, was presented to Armstrong during a surprise ceremony during the PONY East Zone Tournament at Funkhouser Park on Saturday.

"I didn't have any idea what was going on," Armstrong said Sunday. "I was told that there was going to be a presentation for a long-time director before the (tournament games). I was standing around waiting for this person and it turned out it was me.

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"I'm just a guy that happens to love baseball and love kids. This game is great because it's played the way it's meant to be played."

Armstrong was presented with a plaque for his keeping, as well as a photo plaque that will be hung at PONY Headquarters in Washington, Pa.

The award recognized not only his efforts, but also those of his wife of nearly 60 years, Marie.

"My wife was very involved with helping and (PONY) really appreciated that," Armstrong said. "They say that behind every man that's a success there is a great woman and that couldn't be any more true for me."

Armstrong's many field director duties include scheduling events, organizing and directing tournaments, as well as adding to the growing PONY organization.

And he doesn't see retirement in his near future.

"I love what I do and I'm going to keep on doing it until I'm not able to do it anymore," he said.

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