WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - July 13 - Ron Leib, an assistant coach for the 2012 Erie Community College baseball team, and former Kat John Barberio will be inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. They are among the 13-member class of 2012 that will be inducted Sept. 19 at the Lake Erie Italian Club in Blasdell. The Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame was organized in 1997 in order to recognize players, managers and sponsors who have made sustained contributions to the highest levels of amateur baseball in WNY.
Barberio pitched and lettered at ECC in the 1987 and 1988 seasons. He later played at SUNY Brockport and in the Lake Shore and Erie-Niagara Leagues.
Leib is in his second stint on Joe Bauth’s coaching staff. He was chosen for his role not only as Muny president, but also for his sponsorship and managing teams in the PAL at Delaware Park. Leib also was the head coach St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and at Niagara University. As MUNY president, led the league through merger with Erie-Niagara and Suburban leagues and helped bring NABF Regional and National Tournaments to Buffalo.
Those individuals eligible for induction as players and managers must have been involved in the AAA MUNY League (or AA MUNY prior to 1967), the Suburban League, or the Cheektowaga Classic League as players or managers for a minimum of five years. The Hall of Fame also recognizes individuals who have made significant, sustained and special contributions to amateur baseball as coaches, sponsors, umpires and administrators in a variety of situations that have enhanced baseball in WNY. The Hall of Fame also recognizes outstanding teams who have performed at a consistently high level over a period of years.Teams selected will have demonstrated their sustained excellence by winning championships in their leagues and/or winning championships at the state and national levels.