Baseball great Lou Piniella was the featured speaker for this year’s Northern Pennsylvania Council Boy Scouts of America events that took place on April 27. The ceremony involved annual awards at dinner at Gennetti’s and the sports industry expert told the crowd a few funny stories about what the World Champion Yankees team was like during the late 1970s. In addition to that, Piniella emphasized that he wished he had joined the boy scouts as a kid because he feels like it is a very noble and motivating program. It was a lot of fun for the entire audience and Piniella did a great job of entertaining, inspiring, and connecting with his listeners.
The Tampa, Florida native grew up playing American League baseball as well as high school ball during his younger years, and eventually attended one year of college at the University of Tampa where he played for the Spartans. At the age of 18, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, but by 1969 when he made his MLB debut he was on the roster of the Kansas City Royals. Before retiring as a player, Piniella played for the New York Yankees for a decade between 1974 and 1984. He then took his career down another sports path and managed the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Devils and the Chicago Cubs. Over the years Piniella has also done some work for various sports networks and a commercial for DirectTV.
Piniella recently spoke at this year’s annual Northern Pennsylvania Council Boy Scouts of America dinner that happened at the end of last month on April 27. Stories were shared, positive words were spread, and it was an overall fantastic time for everyone.
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