The AAABA Hall of Fame will welcome its 25th class on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center.
The Class of 2018 includes Johnstown’s Maurice Berry and Brooklyn brothers Julio and Ruddy Lugo.
The featured speaker will be former Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Al Oliver, who will provide an encore to his well-received appearance at the 2006 banquet.
Berry pitched in four AAABA Tournaments from 1990 through 1993. He was part of the Johnstown Junior League powerhouse Pepsi-Cola teams in 1990 and 1991. Berry played for the Knickerbockers in 1992 and was a pick-up player for Coca-Cola in 1993.
Julio Lugo was the MVP of the 1994 AAABA Tournament won by his Brooklyn Youth Service League squad. He went on to a 12-year career in the majors, including a spot on the 2007 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series.
Ruddy Lugo pitched in the 1996 AAABA Tournament as a 16-year-old who entered the game against Johnstown’s Principle Development with his team trailing by five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ruddy Lugo quieted a partisan crowd of 3,500 Johnstown fans by holding the local team in check as his Brooklyn squad mounted a comeback in an 11-9 win. Ruddy went on to a two-year career in the majors.