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Rockin’ Ron’s a devoted baseball booster

— A couple of guys from the northern end of the county here were honored by the Syracuse Chiefs at the ballclub’s 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction last Friday, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center on Electronics Parkway.

Ron Gersbacher, who lives in Liverpool, won this year’s President’s Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Chiefs.  It’s presented at the discretion of the team president to a current or past member of the team’s board of directors for making exemplary efforts to enhance the franchise.

Gersbacher has served as team historian since 1985 and has been a member of the Chiefs board of directors since 1997.  He was team president from December 2006 through November 2011, and was succeeded by Bill Dutch, who recommended Ron for this award.

Well-rounded Ron Wray

Gersbacher’s not only a big baseball fan, he’s also a pop music maniac.

Back in 1970, when he was a local radio disc jockey known as Ron Wray, he released “The History of Syracuse Music, Volume One” an LP dedicated to preserving regional rock’n’roll.

Fourteen volumes later, including a switch of formats to compact disc, Ron’s still rockin.’ Since 2011, he has worked as a member of the board of directors of the Syracuse Area Music Awards, and he has written a comprehensive blog on — what else? — “The History of Syracuse Music.”

If you cared about Jimmy Cavallo, if you danced to Don Barber & The Dukes, if you rocked along with the Ridgewoods, then you owe it to yourself to log into ronwray.blogspot.com/.

Tom Leo also feted

Back at the Chiefs Hot Stove event last weekend, the other local guy being feted was Tom Leo who lives in Cicero. Tom won this year’s Jake Meyers Great Guy Award, an honor given annually to an individual who devotes much of their own time to boost Chiefs baseball in Central New York. Tom Leo has been both a sportswriter covering the team for The Post-Standard and has served as the team’s official scorer, the guy who differentiates hits from errors.

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