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Program to feature Franklin County's links to World Series

October 09, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Heritage Center in Chambersburg will highlight Franklin County's connection to the World Series during a special program during AppleFest on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The featured exhibit will salute Franklin County natives Nellie Fox and Tom Brookens, who were in the World Series 50 years ago and 25 years ago, respectively.

Joanne Fox, the widow of Nellie Fox, will answer questions after a brief film highlighting her husband's career and his 1997 induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. In addition to a film presentation of her speech in Cooperstown, N.Y., she will share her recollections of the 1959 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and photographs from her private collection will be on display. Her daughters, Bonnie and Tracy, also plan to participate.

Brookens is unable to attend, but some items from his personal memorabilia collection will be on display.

The film presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East. The center is part of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

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Nellie Fox, a St. Thomas native, batted .375 in the 1959 World Series, the year he was named the American League's Most Valuable Player while playing for the White Sox.

Brookens, a Fayetteville native, won a World Series ring in 1984 when the Tigers defeated the San Diego Padres. Brookens, now a manager in the Tigers' minor league system, played 12 years for the Tigers, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

There is no admission charge, but donations to the Heritage Center will be accepted.

The Heritage Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays until Dec. 19. On AppleFest Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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