Series Memento Touchingly Delivered in Honor of Former Little Leaguer

Published 11.23.2015

Faculty & Staff

One of the site's two memorial pools shimmers in the footprint of the original Twin Towers.A Little League pin marks the name of Michael F. Cammarata, killed in the line of duty at age 22.One World Trade Center, dubbed the "Freedom Tower" during construction, rises into the clear, blue November sky over Manhattan.A Penn College employee and longtime Little League Baseball World Series team "uncle" made an emotional trip to New York City on Saturday, carrying a commemorative pin in tribute to a former Little Leaguer who was the youngest firefighter to die on Sept. 11, 2001. "As team hosts, we order pins to give to the players that participate in the Series," said Marlin R. Cromley, a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, who kept one of this year's pins in reserve. "The one pin I saved was for this very moment, that of placing it on the name of Michael F. Cammarata. On behalf of the Little League World Series team uncles, I wanted to let Mr. Cammarata's family know that their son and brother will always be in our thoughts. I placed my hand on his name 32 times – one time for each team host." Coincidentally, Cammarata's position number was 9 (right field) and his uniform number was 11 – 9/11. Little League retired that number, which he wore as a member of the South Shore Little League from Staten Island, New York, that finished third at the 1991 Series. It now adorns the right-field wall at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, never to be worn again by any Series player. Cromley and his wife, Brenda, were among those on board a Student Activities-organized bus trip to the city.
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