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Lanny Frattare, the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will return as master of ceremonies for the 60th anniversary banquet of the Mercer County Hall of Fame.

Eleven former area athletic greats will be inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame at the group’s annual banquet Jan. 20 at the Radisson Hotel, near West Middlesex.

Set for induction are:

ä Margaret Schneider Bougher

ä William H. Capitol Jr.

ä Dennis Driscoll

ä Marion Doutt

ä Daniel A. Dunn

ä Leonard R. Krichko

ä William Lenzi

ä Newton Reash

ä Ray Swanson

ä Jerry Wise

ä William Hoyle (posthumous)

The event marks the 60th anniversary of the organization, believed to be the oldest local Hall of Fame in the world.

“This is an outstanding class of inductees,” said Hall president Jim Tamber. “Chairman Bill Bestwick and his committee did a great job of selecting the 2007 group from a large number of qualified candidates. It gets more difficult every year because of the many talented athletes who have performed in Mercer County over the years.”

Applications for induction must be submitted to the Hall for consideration. Complete biographies of the new inductees will be published in The Herald the week prior to their induction. Their enshrinement will raise the number of Hall inductees to 441.

The event is a sellout every year and a limited number of tickets will soon be on sale. Lanny Frattare, the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will return as master of ceremonies. The speakers list is still be assembled and will be announced in the near future.

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