The City of New Rochelle faced off against sports legends Tuesday in a charity softball game to benefit the Flowers Park Athletic Complex. The All-Star line up was organized by former New Rochelle resident Craig Carton of WFAN.
The WFAN All Stars included Carton's morning co-host Boomer Esiason, Wally Szcerbiak, Howard Johnson, Ron Bloomberg and Roy White. The New Rochelle Celebrities included City Manager Charles Strome III, Westchester County Clerk and former New Rochelle Mayor Tim Idoni and two New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame inductees—Mario Scarano and Ron Blasie.
Before the game started, Mayor Noam Bramson and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino threw out the first pitch and Bramson thanked Carton and Esiason for organizing the benefit, giving them keys to the city in the process.
Raffle items included a studio tour of WFAN, autographed Yankees Memorabilia and tickets to an Iona Gaels men's basketball game.
Raffle tickets can still be purchased at the Parks and Recreation offices in City Hall, 515 North Ave., through next Tuesday, Aug. 7. Winners will be selected following Special City Council meeting that same night.
Zimmermann said they hoped to raise between $5,000 and $10,000. The final total will be announced Aug. 8.
And who won? The final score of the game was New Rochelle Celebrities 8, the WFAN All-Stars 7.
CLARIFICATION: Athletic Director Harold Crocker coached the New Rochelle Celebrities for the charity softball game. He was inducted into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, information that was not provided in press materials prior to the event. Patch regrets the omission.