South Jersey baseball coach Joe Hartmann selected as 2018 Ed Snider Lifetime Humanitarian by PSWA
Legendary South Jersey baseball coach Joseph Hartmann has been named 2018 Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. It will be presented at the PSWA’s annual Awards Dinner on Monday, Jan. 15 at Cherry Hill’s Crowne Plaza Hotel (tickets: here).
Hartmann – known throughout the region as Mister Baseball – and the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association (SJBCA), have donated nearly $30,000 to the Walter Reed Society in just the past decade and more dating back to the Gulf War. Hartmann founded the SJBCA nearly 50 years ago and has served as its long-time treasurer.
The Coaches’ Association sponsors the Joe Hartmann (High School) Diamond Classic, which enters its 47th year in May. He also founded the Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored Carpenter Cup Classic – first played in 1986.
Hartmann has been instrumental in the conception and administration of the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association (NJSCA) All-Star Baseball game that began in 1978.
He is a former Gibbsboro (N.J.) mayor and has two baseball fields/playgrounds named in his honor. Hartman helped establish and played for the first baseball team ever at Rutgers-Camden – interrupting his college education to enlist in the Coast Guard during the Korean War.
When established in 2013, Lifetime Humanitarian nominees had to meet the following criteria:
“One who attempts to:
· Improve lives
· Inspire both children and adults to learn and achieve life’s goals
· Alleviate personal suffering and/or setbacks
· Provide charitable acts or gifts – many times anonymously – and personal time ‘paying it forward.’”
The award’s initial recipient was Ed Snider based on his life of philanthropy, his role in founding the Flyers Wives Charities and, as he would proudly say, “My greatest achievement,” bringing ice hockey to the inner city via the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
Previous recipients include the late Lewis Katz, former Eagles general manager Jim Murray, David Montgomery and Phillies Charities, and Flyers Wives Charities.
The public is encouraged to attend the oldest awards dinner of its kind in the nation, now in its 114th year. Others scheduled to attend the dinner include the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins and Gabe Kapler; Sixers broadcaster Marc Zumoff (Bill Campbell award) of NBC Sports Philadelphia and Eagles great/Soul owner Ron Jaworski (special achievement); Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (Pro Athlete of the Year) and longtime Philadelphia Daly News columnist Rich Hofmann (Stan Hochman award winner). Over the next few days and weeks, more announcements including the Living Legend, Native Son and Team of the Year. The PSWA’s signature event, the Most Courageous Athlete, will be announced at the conclusion of the dinner.
Shot by Calista Condo | For NJ Advance Media