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2023 Jim McElroy Jr. Lifetime Achievement Awards


2023 Recipient Jim McElroy Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

Al D'Andrea 

St. Francis Prep H.S.

Al D'Andrea is a passionate and dedicated individual who has made a significant impact in the world of youth baseball in New York City. Since 1978, he has been actively involved in the sport, tirelessly coaching and nurturing young talent. 

With a focus that started at Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village Maspeth Little League and St. Margarets CYO program. Al has instilled a love for the game in countless young players, teaching them valuable skills and fostering a strong sense of teamwork. During his time at St Margarets, his coaching prowess resulted in several Brooklyn Queens diocesan baseball championships.

Over the course of 26 years, Al's coaching career extended to the high school level at Saint Francis Prep, 

where his expertise and commitment shone brightly. He dedicated his time and energy alongside of

legendary coach Brother Robert Kent, leaving an indelible mark on the teams he coached. 

For 20 of his years at Saint Francis Prep, Al also worked side by side with Robert Williams, 

this formidable staff of three led the way to two city championship teams. 

Al had the ability to inspire and develop talent to its fullest 

potential while earning the respect of his peers for his knowledge, passion and humble approach.

These achievements speak to his exceptional leadership and baseball acumen, 

as he consistently guided teams at all levels to success. His influence extended well beyond the

field, as he mentored and shaped young athletes into not only skilled 

players but also well-rounded individuals. Many of these players lovingly 

called and continue to call him Mr. D as a sign of respect for someone they admire.

Al D'Andrea's unwavering dedication to youth baseball and his extensive coaching experience

have undoubtedly left an enduring legacy. His commitment to the game and the countless lives 

he has positively impacted make him a true pillar of NYCs baseball community.

2023 Recipient Jim McElroy Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

18th Annual Raymond Church Service to Youth Baseball Dinner's 

Guest Speaker 

Rene LeRoux New York State Baseball Hall of Fame

Rene LeRoux is an exceptional storyteller and has many to tell. We are honored to have 

Rene as our evening’s guest speaker and he will also be one of the evening’s honorees receiving 

the James McElroy Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the founder and executive director 

of three New York State Hall of Fame’s, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Rene founded 

the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame(NYSBHOF) in 2010. The main purpose

is to honor and recognize people for their contributions to the game of baseball. Not just

players or managers, but writers, announcers, historians, scouts, team organizations 

and minor league contributors. 

The list of those that have inducted has been diverse, impressive and interesting.

In 2023 Rene was able to find a home for the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum

at 45 Harrison Street in Gloversville, N.Y. The GNYSAA congratulates Rene on the 

opening of the NYSBHOF Museum and all his great work recognizing so many 

worthy New York Baseball Hall of Famers.If you can’t get to the NYSBHOF museum, 

visit their website  and see all the New York State Hall of Famers.. 

Click HERE for the NYBHOF Website. The link is

2023 Recipient Jim McElroy Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert "Hondo" Malandro Holy Trinity H.S

Bob Malandro has dedicated his life to the service of others. First, as a Police Officer in both New York City and Nassau County, and then as the Head Baseball Coach at Holy Trinity High School. His coaching career started in 1987 coaching Massapequa International Little League, winning 2 New York State Championships with the 15 year olds in 1988 & 1991, as well as coaching Holy Trinity HS. In fact, Bob Malandro’s name is synonymous with Holy Trinity Baseball. His career as the Titan’s Head Coach spanned over 30 years (1987-2017), covering 4 decades. He was instrumental in the expansion of CHSAA inter-league play, which has led to the implementation of the CHSAA State Tournament for baseball.

Through the years, Bob has helped over 150 of his players obtain Scholarships to play baseball at the NCAA Division 1 and 2 levels. 6 of his players have gone on to all levels of professional baseball. During his tenure, Coach Malandro’s teams compiled a record of 428-259, a .623 winning percentage, and captured 5 NSCHSAA Championship ‘Rings’ - 1997, 1998, 2003, 2010, & 2012. He was named NSCHSAA Coach of the Year on 6 different occasions: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2012, & 2017. He was selected three times to coach the Nassau Team in the Long Island Grand Slam Challenge in 2007, 2015, & 2017.

In 2010, Bob was named Nassau County Coach of the Year, and in 2012, he was named New York State High School Coach of the Year by the NY State Major League Scouts. When Bob retired in 2017 from Holy Trinity his number 12 was also retired.In May 2023 Bob was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame. Bob currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner of the NSCHSAA Baseball League.

James McElroy Jr. Biography

McElroy, James F. (Jim) Jr. –  Beloved husband of Joan, father of Jim (Mary), brother of Mary Patricia, grandfather of Matthew, Deirdre, James, and John, and mentor and friend to all who knew him. Longtime leader of the Cadets Baseball Club, Jim was involved with sandlot baseball from a young age. In 1944 he played on the first Brooklyn Cadets team, which is reported to be the oldest active amateur baseball program located in New York State. Coach McElroy was associated with the Cadets for an astounding 72 years, first as a player, then coach, manager, chairman and director, but more than that, he was the heart and soul of the organization, together with his beloved and devoted wife Joan, who served at his side.
During such a long career, he knew and coached many players who went on to sports success, including: Joe Torre (Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers and NY Yankees) Frank Torre (Boston Braves), Fred Wilpon (Owner, New York Mets), Sal Campisi (St. Louis Cardinals), Bob Aspromonte (Houston Astros), Frank Tepedino (New York Yankees), Rusty Torres (New York Yankees), Matt Galante (Houston Astros), Bob Quinn (San Francisco Giants) and George Kalafatis (Detroit Tigers).
In addition to the Cadets, he was a driving force of the AAABA (All American Amateur Baseball Association), headquartered in Johnstown, PA, an organization dedicated to advancing youth baseball. Having played in their annual tournament as a teenager, Jim stayed with the AAABA, coaching and managing several teams that made it to the annual summer classic, then serving as its president, liaison and historian for their national committee. He also was a staunch committee member of the AAABA Hall of Fame, responsible for the induction of many former major league and division one college players who had spent their formative years playing in the tournament.
He was so dedicated to coaching and being part of the tournament, that when his son, James III (Jim) was being born, he kept an open phone line to the press box so he could hear the play-by-play of his Brooklyn team winning the championship. Local baseball was close to his heart, and he coached for St. Francis College while becoming assistant athletic director and earning his Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude in 1977. Jim always was a part of baseball and garnered inductions into the Parade Grounds League Hall of Fame, AAABA Hall of Fame, Saint Francis College Hall of Fame, CW Post Baseball Program Hall of Fame and the Brooklyn Sandlot Hall of Fame. He was honored at Shea Stadium in 1977 by the Greater New York Mets Boosters, and received numerous awards including the USA Baseball National Volunteer Coach of the Year (1993); the Steve Lembo Award from the New York Professional Baseball Hot Stove League (1994), and the National Golden Diamond Award for Coach of the Year (1993).
A printer by trade, Jim rose in the field of financial printing to become a Customer Service Representative, responsible for making sure jobs were done right, on time, and to the satisfaction of demanding customers. His attention to detail, diligence, quick wit, and charming personality made him successful in this endeavor.
After his retirement, as if running the Cadets Baseball Club were not enough, Jim became the Executive Director of the Catholic High School Athletic Association for the Diocese of Brooklyn. There he served as a liaison between the high school principals and athletic directors,
where his intricate knowledge of sports, ability to manage diverse viewpoints, and knack for cutting to the heart of an issue allowed him to handle issues that arose with aplomb. His sense of fairness boosted the cause of girls’ sports in particular, and this April Jim was inducted into the Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association Diocese of Brooklyn Hall of Fame.
Jim will always be remembered for being the mainstay of Cadets Baseball, where he encouraged players, coaches, and managers, and for his invaluable contribution to the sport of baseball in its purest, most joyful form – that comes from fair play for the love of the game, and how it helps young people pursue their best selves. Jim’s beloved wife, Joan, his sister, Mary Patricia, his daughter-in-law Mary, and his grandchildren, Matthew, Deirdre, James, and John, will remember and cherish his love, guidance, and continuing influence in our lives.

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